During the rapidly developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, children in your school district are still in need of daily nutrition assistance, perhaps now more than ever. We’ve assembled valuable resources, and will continue to update this page as changes occur.
USDA Extends Flexibilities, Paves the Way for Meals for Kids to Continue through Summer
Guide to Social Distancing While Serving Meals
Watch this brief demonstration with important tips.
New USDA Clarification Helps to Ensure Children Get the 9 Essential Nutrients They Need!
WONDERING ABOUT BULK MILK DISTRIBUTION? YES, IT CAN BE PART OF REIMBURSABLE MEALS.
New information has been sent from USDA FNS to State agencies clarifying the option to provide food items in bulk, including milk. They have issued a Q&A document and Question 18 states that program operators “may provide bulk items as long as individual meals are easily identifiable as a reimbursable meal.” The Q&A further states that program operators “must include the required food components in the proper minimum amounts for each reimbursable meal being claimed.”
This means that as long as a minimum of 8 ounces of milk is provided with each meal being supplied, the milk may be in a larger container.
Emergency Relief Grant Information
Grants available for hunger relief and education programs across the region.
Grants available up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19. Apply now.
New Jersey Child Nutrition Fund – COVID-19 Survey. Apply now for help with NJ school meal program funding.
View up-to-date corona virus guidance from your state’s Education Department:
Milk Servings Calculator
Use this handy tool to determine how much milk you’ll need and what size containers will be most efficient for serving multiple meals at once. Calculates breakdown of gallons, half-gallons and half-pints for up to 64 servings at a time.
Best Practices for Serving Milk During School Closures
This helpful new guide offers effective tips gathered from school districts nationwide, for serving, storing and freezing milk, and much more.
Bilingual Food Safety Tip Sheet
This new flyer features important guidance for keeping food safe during the school closure meal preparation process. You can print and display near food prep line, or share however you like with every member of your awesome team. It’s presented here in both English and Spanish.
Review this up-to-date information from the USDA, with a map of meal sites, school closure details and more.
See What Other School Districts Are Doing!
We’ve compiled an archive of programs being implemented by districts across the American Dairy Association North East’s region. Organized by states and districts.
USDA National News
USDA Makes it Easier to Feed Kids and Those Who Need Food During the COVID-19 National Emergency
Access the latest COVID-19 Waivers and Flexibilities, customized for your state.
For assistance with any of these resources, questions or additional needs, please contact American Dairy Association North East at Schools@milk4u.org or call 609-871-0471. Thank you for your invaluable efforts on behalf of our children!