Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
CACFP Meal Pattern Training Slides

Inspired by Team Nutrition’s CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays Training Webinars, these ready-to-go presentation slides can be used by state agencies, sponsoring organizations, and others to train providers, operators, and menu planners on the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns.

Resource | Nutrition Education
Serving School Meals to Preschoolers

This four-page worksheet assists National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program operators in planning menus that meet the preschool meal pattern.

Resource | Technical Assistance
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 | 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 | Webinars/Videos
Planning Toolkit - Farm to School Menu Planning
Resource | Webinars/Videos
Creating Healthy Menus Using USDA Foods

In this October 16, 2014, webinar, Christina Riley of FNS provides an overview of USDA Foods nutrition, and Scott Richardson of Project Bread, Laurie Colgan of the Vermont Agency of Education, and Ed Herrera of the Idaho State Department of Education present school meals recipe resources developed by their organizations.

Resource | Report
The Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal Food Plans: 2007 Administrative Report

The Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal Food Plans, three fundamental parts of the U.S. food guidance system, have been revised by USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, with assistance from USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, Economic Research Service, and Agricultural Research Service. The plans provide representative healthful market baskets at three different cost levels. This revision maintains the same inflation-adjusted costs as those of the previous three food plans, last revised in 2003. In line with previous food plans, an assumption used to develop these plans was that all purchased food is consumed at home.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Farm to School - Menu Planning for Your Farm to School Program

This webinar reviews the menu planning cycle, making room for local foods, incorporating local foods into schools meals, menu planning tips, and concludes with a question and answer session.

Resource | Flyers
Before/After Elementary School Lunch Menu

Before/After Elementary School Lunch Menu

Resource | Technical Assistance
Directions for Menu Worksheet

FNS Menu Worksheet, a tool designed to assist School Food Authorities (SFAs) in demonstrating that each of the menus meets the new meal pattern for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).