Nutrition Information & Resources

Below are links to several government websites, industry websites, and documents to provide further knowledge and understanding of School Nutrition best practices.



United States Department of Agriculture

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The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), part of the School of Applied Sciences 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. staff are experienced Registered Dietitians who work at USDA's National Agricultural Library as Nutrition Information Specialists.

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NFSMI Handbook for Children with Special Food and Nutrition Needs

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Schools participating in a federal Child Nutrition Program (School Lunch, School Breakfast or After School Snack Program) are required to make accommodations for children who are unable to eat the school meals because of a disability* that restricts their diet. 

Food Buying Guide for CNP - Apps on Google Play

Food Buying Guide


Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards: Check out your policy to ensure that marketing standards are included and those standards meet or exceed Smart Snacks. If you can’t sell it, you can’t market it! Use the Smart Snacks Calculator to determine if the foods and beverages being marketed meet. 

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Categorized by food type, the USDA Foods Product Information Sheets describe the items expected to be available for schools and institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the National School Lunch Program, the Summer Food Service Program, and other child nutrition programs.