Financial Support Resources
Financial literacy is critical for managing expenses in child nutrition. Identifying ways to identify, streamline and manage costs can help program operators identify ways to operate lean without cutting corners.

Webinar Series Links:
(Click on the links below to register or to view a previously recorded presentation)

Making Sense of Food Cost Basics
Functional Forecasting and Menu Planning 11/4/20
Using Food Production Records to Reduce Waste 11/18/20
Leveraging Social Media to Increase Participation
Menu Planning Systems 12/9/20
Saving Dollars with USDA Foods: An Advanced Review of Forecasting and Inventory Management Tools
Assessing USDA Foods Supply and Procurement Impacts Post-COVID
Strategies to Increase Participation in School Nutrition Programs 3/30/21

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Food Cost Basics  Maximize 

Forecasting Basics

Using Production Records to Plan and Reduce Waste

Menu Planning Systems

Strategies to Increase Participation in School Nutrition Programs

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