Child Nutrition

Publications & Resources

School Food Service for New Program Managers

This manual is intended for all new managers administering a school food service program. Everything you need to run the program from temperature logs to the new Smart Snack regulations is right at your fingertips here in one document for you to download.

Act 145 Report (Act 145: An Act Relating to Use of Vermont Products and Nutrition Education in Schools)

This document provides information about the number of school districts that have or have not adopted a wellness policy and a detailed review of the adopted policies from a minimum of 10% of the schools that reported having a policy in place. All schools that receive federal funds for breakfast and/or lunch programs were required to adopt a wellness policy by the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year.

Free and Reduced Eligibility Report for 2014

The department publishes an annual report showing the number and percent of students eligible for free and reduced price school meals for every school that participates in the National School Lunch Program.

Food Service Management Company (FSMC) Guidance for School Food Authorities (SFA)

SFAs must comply with existing federal, state and local procurement requirements when obtaining the services of an FSMC. Federal procurement requirements are found at 7 CFR, Part 3016.36 and 3019.40. The NSLP regulations appear at
CFR 210. This guidance provides an overview of the federal standards for SFAs and state agencies. A SFA must contact the state agency before beginning the process of bidding school food service management.  
This guidance booklet identifies items that should be considered in deciding whether or not to use a FSMC, the actions that should be taken once a decision to use a FSMC has been made and the responsibilities of the SFA after the SFA-FSMC contract becomes operational. This guidance is not all inclusive. Each school food authority and the State Agency will have unique circumstances that should be evaluated.

Managing Life-threatening Allergic Conditions in Schools

This manual provides school personnel with detailed information about life-threatening allergies and best practices for schools, students and families. A model policy template is also included.

Small Farms/School Meals Initiative: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Bring Small Farms and Local Schools Together

A comprehensive approach to connecting small farms to the school meal programs began in the summer of 1997. At that time, the Small Farms/School Meals Initiative, popularly called the "farm-to-school" initiative, started. This initiative—which is based on the cooperation of
federal, state and local governments, as well as local farm and educational organizations—encourages small farmers to sell fresh fruits and vegetables to schools and schools to buy this wholesome produce from small farmers.

Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition is USDA's resource for nutrition education, food service program operations and best practices. Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

Page Last Updated on December 4, 2014