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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Procuring Local Foods

The resources on this page will help ensure child nutrition program operators have the resources and knowledge necessary to incorporate local foods into their day-to-day operations. 

Resource | Fact Sheets

Local Meat in Schools

This factsheet gives examples, tips, and information for putting local meat on school menus.  

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Resource | Fact Sheets

USDA Foods: A Resource for Maximizing Food Budgets To Buy Local

This factsheet explains how USDA Foods support the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the school meal pattern requirements to make it easier for schools to prepare healthy meals using local foods.

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Resource | Fact Sheets

USDA DoD Fresh Program: A Source for Locally Grown Produce

This fact sheet provides information on how to use USDA DoD Fresh to purchase local produce.

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Resource | Webinars/Videos

Seeding Success 2022 Webinar 3: Purchasing Outside the Box: Local Procurement Beyond the Apple

Third webinar in the 2022 Seeding Success webinar series.

Resource | Webinars/Videos

Seeding Success 2022 Webinar 2: Track It! How to Make Your Farm to School Efforts Count

Second webinar in the 2022 Seeding Success webinar series.  

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Farm to School Resources

Find resources to implement, sustain and maintain your farm to school program. 

Resource | Fact Sheets

Farm to School Fact Sheets

Factsheets are available under the following topics: Farm to School Grant Program, Farm to School Program Resources, Local Food Resources, School Gardens, Farm to School in Tribal Communities, Food Safety, Producers, Farm to Preschool. Farm to Summer, State Agencies and Cooperative Extensions, En Español.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2018-0032

Menu Planner

The Menu Planner for School Meals: School Year 2018-2019 is a comprehensive guide for local school nutrition professionals to assist them with developing healthy, safe, affordable, and appealing school meals and snacks that meet the meal pattern requirements.

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Resource | Fact Sheets

The USDA Farm to School Grant Program

The USDA awards grants annually to help connect students to the sources of their food through education, taste tests, school gardens, field trips, and local food sourcing for school meals. This fact sheet gives an overview of the Farm to School Grant Program and highlights Farm to School grantee projects.

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