As part of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs 2022 Summit, JSI is excited to showcase USDA-FNS and their resources to support School Meal Programs in School Year 2022-2023.
USDA-FNS engages and supports school nutrition programs. The USDA-FNS mission is to increase food security and reduce hunger by providing children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet and nutrition education in a way that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. No American should have to go hungry. Here are the top 3 resources shared by USDA-FNS to help school districts in the upcoming school year.
- Best Tips for Reducing Added Sugars at School Breakfast: This training guide for school nutrition professionals presents how to identify sources of added sugars and specific ways to reduce the amount of added sugars in school breakfast meals. It is available in both English and Spanish.
- Team Nutrition Quizzes are fun, 10-question online quizzes that can be used by parents and families, pediatricians, Child Nutrition Program operators, WIC staff, and others interested in nutrition to help test their knowledge and build their nutrition skills. To help the user broaden their knowledge base on each topic and raise awareness for FNS resources, a link to relevant resources is provided at the end of each quiz.
- “Meal Talk” Webinar Series: A series of free webinars, which serve to provide interactive trainings on hot topics related to school meals.
Fun Fact…In our countdown to the Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs 2022 Summit on May 24, we asked each partner to share which session they were most excited about. USDA-FNS picked the Easy Wins to Increase Scratch Cooking session because scratch cooking offers numerous benefits to SFAs and children by providing fresh meals, navigate supply chain issues, and manage increased food costs.
Thank you to USDA-FNS for supporting Massachusetts School Meal Programs and participating in the Countdown to the #HKHHP 2022 Summit!