In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NutriStudents K-12 wants to support schools every way we can.
If your district is to close, you can use our free-to-all COVID-19 Emergency Menu, which includes 3 weeks (5 days each) of fully compliant menu options. The 2 weeks of hot and 1 week of cold meals* will accommodate both cafeteria-served meals or grab-and-go.
Because the USDA flexibilities during this time are based on individual days versus full weeks, you can pick and choose any of the 15 meals you prefer, in any order. This is free to any district in the entire country.
Please share the link – MenuFreedom.com/COVID-19 - with other school nutrition professionals you know.
This Market Basket is a simple list of all items you will need to create the NutriStudents K-12 menus and recipes below. This simple tool will help you keep track of the items your distributor provides and will help limit your inventory.
*All sides can be substituted as long as you serve the appropriate amount of food to meet the USDA's minimum criteria (see chart below).
This menu conforms to the flexibilities USDA has made to ensure low-income scholars continue receiving meals should schools close. For any COVID-19 related closing through June 30, 2020, districts in low-income areas can offer food under the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) guidelines. In states where DOEs have applied for and received a waiver, schools that have in turn applied for a waiver from their DOE do not need to serve meals in a group setting. As of March 12, those states include: Washington, California, Maryland, Alaska, Utah, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Maine and Kansas. Congress is working to pass a bill that would lift the need for states and schools to apply for waivers. Read the USDA Policy Memo and FAQs on school meals and COVID-19.
If there are other program guidelines that are not feasible for your district, you may apply for, and assume approval of, a waiver of statutory or regulatory program requirements for the child nutrition programs (CNPs) here.
1 Nuts and seeds may meet only one-half of the total meat/meat alternate serving and must be combined with another meat/meat alternate to fulfill the lunch or supper requirement.
2 Fruit or vegetable juice must be full-strength. Full strength vegetable or fruit juice may be counted to meet not more than one-half of this requirement.