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 | Info Sheets
School Lunch and Breakfast Sodium Limits and Timeline

National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program sodium limits and timeline

Resource | Info Sheets
National School Lunch Program Meal Pattern Chart

Meal pattern chart for the National School Lunch Program

Resource | Webinars/Videos
USDA FNS Data Validation Service Information for Vendors and State System Owners

This webinar was produced by FNS to describe its Data Validation Service (DVS). The DVS is an optional validation service that checks school food authority (SFA)-level Verification Collection Report (FNS-742) records as the SFA submits its data to the state. In real time, the DVS returns error and warning messages back to the SFA through the state system. This webinar is an opportunity to learn more about connecting to the DVS through existing state platforms.

Resource | Handbooks
Guide to Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs

The Guide to Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs is a central resource that comprehensively outlines the USDA professional standards requirements for state and local school nutrition program personnel who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.  It supports school nutrition personnel in ensuring they have the knowledge and skills they need to prepare nutritious, safe, and enjoyable school meals.