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 | 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 | 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.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2007-0031
Child Nutrition Labeling for Juice Drinks and Juice Drink Products

This publication has been prepared for juice drink manufacturers.  It contains directions for calculating the contribution that a juice drink or juice drink product makes toward meeting meal pattern requirements for the child nutrition programs.  It also contains instructions on how to apply for and obtain approval of a label with a child nutrition (CN) statement. 

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2003-0031
Child Nutrition Labeling for Seafood Products

This publication has been prepared for seafood product manufactures. It contains instructions on how to apply for and obtain approval of a label with the child nutrition (CN) label statement.