Resource | Policy Memos | SP11 CACFP06 SFSP11-2014
Effective Date of Free or Reduced Price Meal Eligibility Determinations

This memorandum clarifies the flexibility available to local educational agency (LEA) officials for establishing the effective date of eligibility for children certified for free or reduced price meals in the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP) and free milk in the Special Milk Program (SMP) (SMP) based on household applications.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP07 SFSP07-2014
Expanding Awareness and Access to Summer Meals

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify and provide guidance on requirements in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) related to expanding awareness and access to these programs. This memorandum also highlights resources available to States and sponsors for conducting their required expansion efforts.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP04 SFSP04-2014
Promoting Nutrition in Summer Meals

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) were established to ensure that low-income children continue to have access to nutritious meals when school is not in session. To meet this need, sponsors and sites are encouraged to take steps toward improving the nutritional quality and appeal of summer meals served. This memorandum highlights existing policies and procedures that can assist with serving more nutritious meals that appeal to children in the SFSP and the SSO.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Energizing Your Day with School Breakfast: An Introduction to Updated USDA Toolkit Resources

The purpose of this webinar session is to acquaint the audience with FNS' updated toolkit resources for use in conjunction with the School Breakfast Program (SBP). The toolkit is a collection of digital materials targeted towards school food service directors who are seeking to establish or expand the SBP at one or more serving sites.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
School Breakfast Webinar Part 2: Updated Toolkit Resources

The purpose of this webinar session is to acquaint the audience with FNS' updated toolkit resources for use in conjunction with the School Breakfast Program (SBP). The toolkit is a collection of digital materials targeted towards school food service directors who are seeking to establish or expand the SBP at one or more serving sites. It contains information on how to identify the most appropriate means of providing breakfast service at a given site, provides basic guidance on budgeting and menu planning, and includes marketing materials and strategies for generating buy-in among the many stakeholders within the community and school environment whose cooperation is a necessary ingredient in a successful school breakfast operation.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
School Breakfast Webinar Part 1: Offer Versus Serve Overview and Strategies for Success

The purpose of this webinar session is to provide an overview of the Offer versus Serve (OVS) provision in the School Breakfast Program. During the session, attendees will be provided with an overview of how OVS fits into the updated breakfast meal pattern that goes into effect for SY 2013-14, including specific examples of what reimbursable meals might look like. Attendees will also learn about new and existing technical assistance resources that have been published by FNS to help guide State agencies and local food service directors as they look towards implementing the OVS option at breakfast in the coming school year. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Resource | Nutrition Education
Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up

Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP40 CACFP11 SFSP13-2013
Q&As Regarding the Participation of Head Start Programs in Child Nutrition Programs

The purpose of this memorandum is to consolidate our policy regarding the participation of Head Start Programs in the child nutrition programs. For more information about the Head Start Program and Early Head Start Program, please see the Office of Head Start’s website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs/.

Resource | Posters
Dig In! Posters

These dynamic posters visually express the theme of the Dig In! unit – namely, the world of possibilities found in growing and eating fruits and vegetables. Display them in your classroom, the school cafeteria, and other places throughout the school to motivate students to choose more fruits and vegetables at meals and as snacks.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP01 CACFP01 SFSP01-2013
Federal Small Purchase Threshold Adjustment

This memo clarifies the small purchase threshold applicable to procurements under FNS programs.