NutriStudents K-12 is proud to partner with America's dairy farm families to offer schools an emergency menu to use during closures due to the coronavirus/COVID-19.
The 4-week (5 days each) menu is fully compliant with USDA guidelines for this time of emergency. The 2 weeks of hot and 2 weeks of cold meals* will accommodate both cafeteria-served meals or grab-and-go.
Because the USDA flexibilities during COVID-19 school closures evaluate nutritional requirements by individual days versus full weeks, you can pick and choose any of the meals you prefer, in any order.
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) or Seamless Summer Option guidelines with one important exception: the congregant-feeding requirement has been waived. 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.