To help navigate the coming year, FNS is clarifying existing flexibilities available to assist state agencies and local program operators in meeting the unique needs of their communities.
To help schools deal with supply chain challenges brought on by the pandemic, USDA is providing up to: $1 billion in Supply Chain Assistance funds for schools to purchase food for their meal programs, $300 million for states to purchase USDA Foods to distribute to schools, and $200 million for cooperative agreements to purchase local foods for schools, focusing on historically underused producers.
USDA Foods in Schools product information sheets containing USDA Foods description and WBSCM ID for grains.
A fact sheet, with information about handling fresh produce on salad bars, includes information for preparation and set up, temperature control, supervision and clean up.
A fact sheet that identifies what school nutrition operators should consider when using a vacuum seal packaging system to ensure safe and quality products.
USDA Foods in Schools product information sheets with description and WBSCM ID for vegetables.
Project summaries for the 29 TEFAP state agencies that received fiscal year 2022 Farm to Food Bank project funding.
The purpose of Farm to Food Bank Projects is to (a) reduce food waste at the agricultural production, processing, or distribution level through the donation of food, (b) provide food to individuals in need, and (c) build relationships between agricultural producers, processors, and distributors and emergency feeding organizations through the donation of food.
The average material prices are listed by school year and used by processors participating in the USDA Foods processing program.
To help those most in need receive healthy, fresh foods, USDA will be offering boxes of pre-packed, mixed fresh produce though The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), in addition to the single varieties that are already available to order.