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Meal Waivers for 22-23SY

As the new school year begins, remember to let parents and student guardians know of the changes to the federal meal waivers. This crucial information will allow families to plan ahead, explore, and apply for assistance programs. For more information, please watch and share this video (the Spanish version is also available).

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Dining Guide for Meals in the Classroom Dining Guide for Meals in the Classroom

As schools reopen following COVID-19 closures, districts will utilize different scenarios for feeding students. The Dining Guide for Meals in the Classroom is designed to help you easily communicate your district procedures for serving meals in the classroom (MIC) to key stakeholders within their school community. MIC could refer to breakfast, lunch, supper and/or snacks.

Dining Guide for Meals in the Classroom Stronger with School Meals

USDA Team Nutrition has released Stronger with School Meals materials to celebrate the school community and promote healthy foods in School Year 2021-2022. Materials include infographics (in English and Spanish), activity booklet and stickers for elementary-aged students and buttons and thank you cards for school nutrition professionals. Download

USDA Back to School KitUSDA Team Nutrition Back-to-School Support Kit

Prepare for students’ return to school with Team Nutrition's new Back-School-Checklist. Find resources that support a safe re-opening, tools for planning healthy meals, and opportunities for peer learning and resource sharing.

Return to School Roadmap by US Department of EducationReturn to School Roadmap by the U.S. Department of Education

With the 2021-2022 school year set to begin, the U.S. Department of Education has developed a Return to School Roadmap, to support educators and school leaders, parents, families, and communities and lead students on a path to return to in-person learning this fall, where they are safe and supported. Resources, including a fact sheet, a guide, and a checklist are available for guidance on how to protect the health and safety of students as schools return to in-person learning.

ICN Back-to-School Toolkit

As school nutrition professionals prepare for back-to-school, ICN has been working diligently to organize their educational resources, trainings and supplemental materials, in one convenient location to assist staff at all levels as they prepare for school this fall.

COVID-19-SY2020-21-Safe-Healthy-Meals imageSchool Meals Promotional Flyer

This new flyer emphasizes that school meals continue to be a safe, nutritious option to fuel student success in SY 2020-21 and can be used to help reassure parents and other stakeholders. Download flyer. Also available in Spanish.

Operations and Equipment Guide Operations & Equipment Guide

The School Nutrition Foundation and Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom have produced a new guide perfect for all SY 2020-21 back-to-school planning scenarios. Learn more.

Resources to Encourage Your Community to #SupportSchoolMealsResources to Encourage Your Community to #SupportSchoolMeals

In an effort to #SupportSchoolMeals, General Mills has put together resources for you to share with your families and stakeholders on the importance of participating in school meals. Check out their video and infographic, available in English and Spanish. Learn more.

NOPREN Self Asssessment ToolSchool Self Assessment Tool by NOPREN

NOPREN research group partners created this self-assessment tool to help schools and school districts communicate with families, students, community members, and service agencies about school meal distribution during planned and unplanned school

School Meals Marketing Toolkit by No Kid HungrySchool Meals Marketing Toolkit by No Kid Hungry

Now that child nutrition waivers have been extended through the school year, No Kid Hungry wants to make sure that families across the country understand the programs they have access to. Check out their School Meals Marketing Toolkit to help you get the word out to families about meals available for kids. 

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