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 | FAQs/Q&As
School Meals - FAQs

School meals are required to meet specific nutrition standards to operate the school meals programs. The standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools. 

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
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 | Nutrition Education
Whole Grain Resource for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

This resource provides an in-depth look at the whole grain-rich criteria for school meals. It updates and expands the previous whole grain resource from the HealthierUS School Challenge Application Kit, which now applies to all school meal programs. It includes exercises on identifying products that meet the whole grain-rich criteria and calculation examples.

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.