Resource | Success Stories
COVID-19 School Meal Spotlights

Under challenging circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic, school communities have worked tirelessly to ensure children have access to meals.

Resource | Handbooks
Mealtimes With Toddlers in the CACFP

Learn more about providing meals and snacks for toddlers by watching these short videos. Available in English and in Spanish. 

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2020-0014
Crediting Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Crediting Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program reflects the updated CACFP meal pattern requirements.

Resource | Success Stories
USDA Foods in Schools Photo Contest

Each year we ask child nutrition professionals to inspire other foodservice professionals and submit a picture of your most creative meal utilizing USDA Foods.  With more than 200 USDA Foods items available, we want to highlight each food group and the innovative ways in which they can be used.

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

The Menu Planner for School Meals: School Year 2018-2019 (Menu Planner) 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.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2018-0001
Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs

The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs has all of the current information in one manual to help you and your purchasing agent buy the right amount of food and the appropriate type of food for your program(s), and determine the specific contribution each food makes toward the meal pattern requirements.

Resource | Best Practices
Best Practices for Healthy School Fundraisers

Use this brochure to help your school earn extra money for different activities, events, and equipment that keep students excited and engaged. This brochure provides ideas to use healthy choices for fundraising that sell only nonfood items or foods that meet the Smart Snacks nutrition standards.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2014-0045
Responding to Food Recall Procedures for Recalls of USDA Foods

This manual was developed to provide an overview of the recall process for USDA Foods with a focus on school meals programs.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2012-0019
Handling Fresh Produce in Classrooms

Handling Fresh Produce in Classrooms: Guidance for School Nutrition Staff - Follow your school district’s food safety plan for appropriate actions when temperature standards are not met.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2012-0001
Coordinated Review Effort Procedures Manual

An administrative review which refers to the Coordinated Review Effort is the initial comprehensive on-site evaluation by a state agency  of a school food authority participating in the National School Lunch Program, and includes both critical and general areas of review.