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USDA has developed the Food Buying Guide for School Nutrition Programs to provide contracting entities operating the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program the information, so program staff can 1) buy the right amount of food and appropriate types of food and 2) determine the specific contribution each food makes toward the meal pattern requirements. 

USDA has also issued  the following supplemental guidance to address crediting questions not addressed in the Food Buying Guide for School Nutrition Programs

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FBG 2013-01 Pre-portioned Fruit Cup Crediting  
FBG-2011-01 Shelf-stable, Dried Snacks Made from Meat, Poultry or Seafood   PDF Word doc

  

CEs may also use the following resources to assist in determining the correct crediting amounts:


Several representatives of Native communities have inquired about serving traditional foods in Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs). In particular, Native communities are interested in knowing which traditional foods are allowed and how these foods may contribute towards a reimbursable meal.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) understands the importance of serving traditional foods and encourages Indian Tribal Organizations, along with all operators of CNPs, to source locally grown and raised foods. The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify that traditional foods may be served in CNPs and to provide examples of how several traditional foods may contribute towards a reimbursable meal.

The USDA Crediting Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program  complements the Food Buying Guide by providing crediting information on foods that are commonly served in child care centers, at-risk afterschool care centers, adult day care centers and day care homes.

Here, you will find six videos from companies that store and deliver USDA Foods to Texas schools. Click to learn more about their company and their services as a Commercial Distributor of USDA Foods.

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Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (Revised in January 2008)

Presidents Challenge Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+)
This is a fun and interactive way to get both students and adults involved in making healthy lifestyle choices. The "challenge" lets individuals set age-appropriate nutrition and physical activity goals and provides a certificate for those who achieve their goals. The website offers tools and resources and even tips to help get motivated.

School Breakfast Online Resource

"Expanding Your Breakfast Program" provides a step-by-step guide to create a breakfast-focused team, explore alternative service methods, design and implement an action plan, and market the program effectively to improve participation and impact student health and academic potential. The resource includes downloadable letters to principals, teachers, and parents, a PowerPoint presentation, and other materials to build community support and encourage more students to eat School Breakfast.

Coordinated School Health

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) leads efforts to promote coordinated school health in Texas. Coordinated School Health (CSH) is designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 diabetes in elementary, middle, and junior high school students. Each program must provide for coordinating health education; physical education and physical activity; nutrition services; and parental involvement.

USDA Healthy Meals Resource System 
Find great standardized recipes, USDA recipes, recipes from industry and growers, and more! All recipes featured in this USDA website are quantity food service recipes.

Wellness Policy Resources from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service.

ChooseMyPlate.gov helps young people learn and develop healthy attitudes that will last them a lifetime!  NFSMI offers a short lesson on the "new generation" food icon at http://www.nfsmi.org/DocumentDownload.aspx?id=1729

USDA Look here for an invaluable set of resources related to agriculture and nutrition.

National School Food Service Management Institute
The National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI), part of the School of Applied Science at The University of Mississippi, is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs.

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NETx Website -Teaching Nutrition with TEKS in Mind  Minimize 
Subjects surrounding nutrition, healthy eating and physical activity habits can be challenging to teach in a sufficiently sensitive manner. NETx makes teaching nutrition easy because lesson plans are aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) objective identifiers. The curriculum is multidisciplinary and has lessons specific to fine arts, health, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and vocational education. The integrated nutrition curriculum in NETx can also have an even broader application to other states nationwide because of its web-based format.  http://netx.squaremeals.org/

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, 
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  
 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
 
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:  
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U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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