Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Demonstration Projects to End Childhood Hunger

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010, under Section 141, added a new Section 23 on Childhood Hunger Research to the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. This section provides substantial new mandatory funding to research the causes and consequences of childhood hunger and to test innovative strategies to end child hunger and food insecurity.

Resource | Toolkits
Summer Meals Toolkit

This toolkit gives state administrators, program operators, and community partners creative ideas and resources to make summer meal planning easy, raise awareness, overcome barriers, and serve nutritious food that is appealing to children.

Resource | Best Practices
Best Practices from Across the Nation

Successful summer meal program expansion requires careful preparation and intensive community-based efforts. It requires the sharing of ideas, innovations, and best practices across state lines and time zones. It involves a blend of collaboration that is diverse but united by a single vision: to feed more hungry children during the summer months.

Drawing from relevant examples, best practices by states, sponsors, and partners can serve as inspiration for summer meal programs across the nation. Each of the following topics is an important consideration in the planning of a successful summer meal effort. There are tips, stories of best practices in action, and links to further information.

Resource | Best Practices
Turnip the Beet! High Quality Summer Meals Award Program

​The Turnip the Beet Award recognizes outstanding summer meal program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high quality meals to children that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious during the summer months.

Resource | Technical Assistance
Professional Standards

Professional Standards for school nutrition professionals is a key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The final rule, published March 2, 2015, requires a minimum amount of annual training hours for all state directors of school nutrition programs, state director of distributing agencies, school nutrition program directors, managers, and staff.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Streamline CACFP Resource Center

Why is streamlining a big deal? Because reducing paperwork increases program efficiency, to make CACFP work better! Whether you are wondering how to make the best use of resources to implement the new meal requirements, or just looking for ideas to help you operate the program more effectively, here is information you can use!

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0016
FNS-640: SY 2017-18 Instructions and Reporting Guidance

School programs policy memo SP 14-2019 provides SY 2017-18 reporting guidance for the FNS-640 report. The FNS-640 form became available in FPRS on March 1, 2019. State agencies may use the attached instructions and business rules/edit check to begin and/or finalize implementation of processes for reporting and any system updates for School Year 2017-2018 reporting.

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Resource | Nutrition Education
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Fun with Fruits and Vegetables at Family Child Care

This resource is designed to help Child and Adult Care Food Program operators provide garden-based nutrition education for children ages 3 through 5 years in family child care settings.

Resource | Technical Assistance
Community Eligibility Provision Status of School Districts and Schools by State

This map contains links to state-specific information on local educational agencies and schools that may be eligible to elect the Community Eligibility Provision.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Guidance and Resources

For more information on the operation of the National School Lunch Program and all the child nutrition programs, contact the state agency in your state that is responsible for the administration of the programs.