Resource | Webinars/Videos
Finding and Creating School Recipes for Success with USDA Foods

In this December 4, 2014, webinar, Malissa Marsden provides an overview of how to create and modify standardized recipes, and Dayle Hayes shares a variety of available resources from agricultural boards, social media, and school nutrition programs.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Creating Healthy Menus Using USDA Foods

In this October 16, 2014, webinar, Christina Riley of FNS provides an overview of USDA Foods nutrition, and Scott Richardson of Project Bread, Laurie Colgan of the Vermont Agency of Education, and Ed Herrera of the Idaho State Department of Education present school meals recipe resources developed by their organizations.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
K-12 Cooking with USDA Foods

In this Dec. 18, 2014, webinar, White House Champions of Change chefs Carlin Breinig, Cyndie Story, and Garrett Berdan share culinary techniques and work simplification methods aimed at producing quality foods in quantity batches. USDA Foods highlighted in the presentation include flavorsome fruits, vibrant vegetables and legumes, and mealtime meats, cheeses, and grains.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP06-2015
Farm to School and School Garden Expenses

Recently, we have received several questions about the use of funds from the nonprofit school food service account to cover expenditures related to farm to school activities and school gardens. The questions and answers below address specific scenarios that school food authorities (SFAs) may be dealing with when considering the allowability of such costs.

Resource | Policy Memos | CACFP 01-2015 SFSP 01-2015
Duration of Income Eligibility Determinations: Guidance and Q&As

This memorandum provides guidance and clarification regarding individual income eligibility determinations and durations in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Resource | Policy Memos | SP46 CACFP12 SFSP18-2014
Disaster Response

This memorandum supersedes SP 25-2012, CACFP 12-2012, SFSP 10-2012, Disaster Response and provides an overview of ways State agencies, school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP), institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and sponsors participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can respond to situations resulting from damage or disruptions due to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flood as well as other exceptional emergency situations or man-made disasters.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP42 SFSP17 CACFP11-2014
Sharing Aggregate Data to Expand Program Access and Services in Child Nutrition Programs

The purpose of this memorandum is to remind state agencies, school food authorities (SFAs), schools, and sponsoring organizations operating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) about data sharing requirements and opportunities. This memorandum also includes frequently asked questions regarding data sharing.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-134
Minimum Inventory Protection Requirements for Processors Participating in the National Processing Program

FNS is committed to rigorous oversight and controls over USDA Foods processing to ensure that state agencies and school food authorities (SF As) receive the full benefit of the USDA Foods entitled to them, consistent with 7 CFR Part 250. As such, the National Processing Agreement requires that participating processors must furnish to USDA inventory protection in the form of a surety bond, an irrevocable letter of credit, or an escrow account in order to guarantee that the processor will account for, return, or pay for all of the USDA Foods received or carried forward, either as physical or book inventory. The purpose of this memorandum is to inform processors of minimum inventory protection requirements effective beginning in School Year 2014-2015.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-133
School Food Authorities Purchasing Produce from Department of Defense Vendors using Section 4 and 11 FFVP Funds

This memorandum clarifies how School Food Authorities (SFAs) may use funds provided under Sections 4 and 11 or 19 of the National School Lunch Act (NSLA), 42 U.S.C. 1751, to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (DoD Fresh) vendors.

Resource | Nutrition Education
Whole Grain Resource for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

This resource provides an in-depth look at the whole grain-rich criteria for school meals. It updates and expands the previous whole grain resource from the HealthierUS School Challenge Application Kit, which now applies to all school meal programs. It includes exercises on identifying products that meet the whole grain-rich criteria and calculation examples.