Resource | FAQs/Q&As
USDA Farm to School Team Site Visits - FAQs

-- When were the school districts selected for 2010 site visits?
-- How did the USDA Farm to School Team engage with the partners that assisted with farm to school implementation during the 2010 site visits?
-- How did the state agencies participate in the 2010 site visits?
-- Did the Farm to School Team meet with area farmers during their 2010 visits?
-- Will there be an opportunity for the USDA Farm to School Team to visit more schools in the future?
-- Will information from the 2010 site visits be shared publicly in some format?

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Partnering with Cooperative Extension to Support Farm to School: Webinar 3

In this, the third webinar of the series, Debra Eschmeyer, FoodCorps Co-Founder and Rachel Spencer, Arkansas FoodCorps Fellow, describe FoodCorps’ model of teaching kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from, building and tending school gardens, and bringing high-quality local food into public school cafeterias.

Resource | Report
USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food Reports (2013 reports)

The Food Plans represent a nutritious diet at four different cost levels. The nutritional bases of the Food Plans are the 1997-2005 Dietary Reference Intakes, 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and 2005 MyPyramid food intake recommendations. In addition to cost, differences among plans are in specific foods and quantities of foods. Another basis of the Food Plans is that all meals and snacks are prepared at home. For specific foods and quantities of foods in the Food Plans, see Thrifty Food Plan, 2006 (2007) and The Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal Food Plans, 2007 (2007). All four Food Plans are based on 2001-02 data and updated to current dollars by using the Consumer Price Index for specific food items.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
SFMNP Grant Levels for Participating State Agencies

SFMNP Grant Levels for Participating State Agencies - FY 2009-2013

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Partnering with Cooperative Extension to Support Farm to School: Webinar 2

In this, the second webinar of the series, Julia Govis from University of Illinois Extension shared information about how she is leading farm to school in Illinois through the development of educational resources and curriculum to support Extension work in its diverse program areas. Morgan Taggart from Ohio State University Extension described how OSU Extension has prioritized involvement in farm to school and how other Extension professionals in urban and suburban areas can be involved with farm to school related activities.

Resource | FAQs/Q&As
NSLP Afterschool Snack Service - FAQs

The National School Lunch Program Afterschool Snack Service is a federally-assisted snack service that provides cash reimbursement to encourage or assist schools in serving snacks to children after the regular school day. The afterschool snack component of the NSLP helps children fully engage in afterschool programming by filling the hunger gap many children face in the afternoon and early evening. Children participating in an approved afterschool care program age 18 and under, and participating children who turn 19 during the school year, are eligible to receive reimbursable snacks through the NSLP.

Resource | Fact Sheets
Schools Meeting the New Meal Standards

Going into the 2013-2014 School Year, the vast majority of schools are successfully meeting the updated meal standards which offer children more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; low-fat milk; and less salty and fatty foods.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Administrative Review: Special Provision Options

This webinar is the sixth in a series of Administrative Review training webinars designed to complement in-person trainings conducted in spring 2013. These webinars are designed to provide State agency reviewers with additional knowledge and skills needed to conduct Administrative Reviews to assess a School Food Authority's compliance with Child Nutrition Program requirements. This webinar delivers additional training on how to conduct an Administrative Review for SFAs participating in Special Provision Options.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Farm to School Education and Curriculum Integration

For this farm to school planning webinar, we were joined again by Danielle Pipher of Vermont FEED/Shelburne Farms for a presentation about the creative farm to school curricula that she has seen and helped all sorts of stakeholders (not just teachers!) develop to engage students inside and outside of the classroom. Many of Danielle's examples come directly from a graduate level professional development course called "Curriculum Connections: School Gardens, Nutrition Education & The Common Core" that she has taught for the past 3 years. We also heard from Keenan Haley, a 3rd grade teacher at Sharon Elementary School in Vermont, who shared his firsthand experiences putting farm to school lessons to action. Finally, we called on a few of our planning grantees (Cheney Schools, Ezra Baker School, and West New York Schools) to talk about the progress they have made in developing food, agriculture, and nutrition-related curricula, bringing students on farm field trips, and engaging kids in the garden.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Partnering with Cooperative Extension to Support Farm to School

In this webinar, the first in a four-part series, Emily Jackson of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project shared outcomes from a tri-state project that examined the roles of Cooperative Extension in farm to school. She was joined by Teresa Wiemerslage from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach who shared how she is supporting local food procurement, school wellness, and youth engagement in Northeast Iowa.