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This page introduces curricula and additional resources for child nutrition professionals.

RECORDED WEBINARS

Method Matters- January 2024

Explore “Method Matters” webinar, unveiling the art of fruit and vegetable presentation – fresh, canned, frozen – and its impact. Watch live demos of peaches and zucchinis in diverse forms. Elevate your culinary game with prep techniques, taste tests, and engaging your young diners. Join us for a flavorful journey!

1 hr

Community Outreach- December 2023

Discover the recipe for success in our upcoming webinar, “Community Outreach for Your Child Nutrition Program.” Join us as we delve into an array of engaging topics designed to elevate your food service program. From hands-on activities, to enhancing your digital presence, this webinar covers it all. Learn the art of building a dynamic program through peer influence, seasonal décor, insightful surveys, and impactful acts of service. Don’t miss this opportunity to nourish minds and inspire change within your community!

1 hr

Math in the Kitchen- November 2023

Join us for an exciting webinar: “Math in the Kitchen.” Explore what standardized recipes are and why they matter – from cost control to owning your kitchen creations. Learn how to navigate recipes effectively and avoid common pitfalls. Get ready to roll up your sleeves as we dive into a fun recipe conversion activity. Plus, discover the art of ingredient substitutions for a personalized culinary touch. Don’t miss out – let’s cook smart together!

1 hr

Menu Planning with a Purpose- October 2023

Ever wondered why those nutrition guidelines matter? Let’s uncover the mysteries and see how your role can supercharge kids’ well-being. We’ll dive into the delicious realm of crafting nutritious meals with veggies and whole grains that are as fun to make as they are to eat. Plus, we’ve got some budget-friendly menu magic up our sleeves using awesome C4K recipes and the seasonal ingredient scoop. Get ready to give your menu a thrilling makeover and introduce some fantastic new flavors that’ll have a positive impact on the little ones. Don’t miss out on the fun – secure your spot now!

1 hr

Creditable Grains- September 2023
Calling all Child Nutrition Professionals! Join our one-hour webinar: Creditable Grains! Learn to identify credible grain products, understand the difference between whole grain and whole grain rich, and assemble whole grain-rich flour. Our expert chef will share delicious ways to incorporate whole grains into children’s meals. Don’t miss this empowering opportunity to enhance your role in promoting children’s health. 1 hr
Life Cycle of a Chicken Nugget- August 2023
This informative webinar dives into essential aspects of kitchen safety and best practices for back-to-school preparation. Chef Bill explores safe practices for receiving, storing, and preparing food, as well as creative uses for leftovers. 1 hr
Farm to CACFP-March 2023

“Farm to CACFP” – a valuable recorded webinar from March 2023, designed for CACFP professionals. Learn to integrate fresh produce into child nutrition programs, explore the core components of farm-to-school initiatives, master safe leafy greens preparation, discover innovative ways to introduce children to nutritious options, and create a delicious breakfast item using fresh leafy greens. Elevate your CACFP offerings with the goodness of farm-fresh ingredients.  hr

Farm to School-February 2023

“Farm to School” – a recorded webinar from February 2023, tailored for child nutrition professionals. Discover innovative ways to infuse fresh produce into your program, grasp the core components of farm-to-school initiatives, learn safe leafy green preparation, and find creative ways to introduce children to these nutritious options. Plus, get hands-on with a leafy green breakfast item recipe. Elevate your nutrition offerings with fresh, wholesome ingredients. 1 hr

Smarter Mealtimes- January 2023

“Smarter Mealtimes” – a game-changer for CACFP professionals! This recorded webinar from January 2023 delves into the link between environmental factors and children’s food choices. Learn effective mealtime strategies for childcare settings and master the art of classroom taste testing. Enhance your approach to providing nutritious meals for children.  1 hr

Let's Talk Menus- December 2022

“Let’s Talk Menus” – a valuable resource for child nutrition professionals! This recorded webinar from December 2022 offers insights into preparing your kitchen for winter breaks, winterizing cycle menus, enhancing grain dishes, and effectively incorporating commodity inventory. Elevate your menu planning skills with practical tips and ideas. 1 hr

Fall Flavors for CACFP- November 2022

“Fall Flavors for CACFP” – A taste-filled journey for CACFP professionals! This recorded webinar from November 2022 will help you explore the world of herbs, spices, and natural flavorings, with a focus on salt-free enhancements. Uncover the significance of taste-testing in your program. Elevate your CACFP offerings with autumn-inspired culinary delights.

1 hr

Fall Flavors for Schools- October 2022

“Fall Flavors for Schools” – Dive into the world of seasonal tastes! This webinar, recorded in October 2022, is tailored for school nutrition professionals. Discover the art of herbs, spices, and natural flavorings. Learn to enhance dishes without excessive salt and the significance of taste-testing. Elevate your school menu with autumn-inspired flavors.

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Back to the Basics with Food Safety- September 2022

“Back to the Basics of Food Safety” – a must-see webinar for child nutrition professionals. Recorded in September 2022, this session will refresh your food safety knowledge and skills. Learn essential techniques for safe food handling, equipment maintenance, and personal hygiene. Ensure the well-being of your students with this informative session! 1 hr

Whole Grain Tips and Tricks- August 2022

Discover “Whole Grain Tips and Tricks,” a previously recorded webinar from August 2022, designed for child nutrition professionals. Learn to differentiate whole grain-rich foods, enhance school breakfast and lunch offerings, and master the art of cooking whole grain-rich pasta. Uncover innovative ideas for bento box options and elevate your school nutrition game! 1 hr

Food Safety for Managers- August 2021

Boost your food safety expertise as a kitchen manager with our “Food Safety for Kitchen Managers” webinar. Explore key topics like illness prevention, proper handwashing, precise time and temperature control, efficient sink setup, HACCP principles, and effective delivery practices. This webinar is tailored to kitchen managers, providing essential insights to uphold top-notch food safety standards. Join us and become a food safety leader in your kitchen! 1 hr

Food Safety 101- August 2021

Enhance your food safety knowledge with our “Food Safety 101 ” webinar. Covering types of illnesses, handwashing, time and temperature control, sink setup, HACCP, and delivery practices, this webinar is a must for child nutrition professionals. Join us and become a food safety champion! 1 hr

Back To the Table: School Gardens Part 2- April 2021
Join our engaging webinar as we delve into the world of school gardens in Oklahoma. Discover expert insights and proven techniques from dedicated Oklahoma school garden experts. In addition, Chef Bill will provide a captivating cooking demonstration featuring locally sourced ingredients. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your gardening knowledge and savor a taste of the local culinary delights. 1 hr
Back To the Table: School Gardens Part 1- April 2021
Join our webinar to discover the key to a thriving school garden program. Learn best practices and essential tools and equipment necessary to set up and manage a successful school garden. Gain the confidence to plan and implement a garden program using the information presented during the session. Additionally, boost your confidence in seamlessly incorporating fresh produce from your school garden into your child nutrition program. By the end of this webinar, you’ll be well-prepared to cultivate a fruitful school garden and enhance your child nutrition offerings. Don’t miss this opportunity – register now! 1 hr
Refresh Your Menus- March 2021
Join our webinar to learn how to create visually appealing bento boxes for grab-and-go meals. Gain confidence in using commodity processed foods and making food substitutions while incorporating seasonal fast scratch recipes into your menu. Elevate your school meal program – register now! 1 hr
Applied Kitchen Skills- July 2020
Are you looking to enhance your culinary skills and create delicious, nutritious school meals that students will love? Join us for our webinar, “Applied Kitchen Skills,” where you’ll gain valuable insights and techniques to elevate your school meal preparation game. 1.5 hr
Professionalism- July 2020
Join our webinar to empower school nutrition staff with the skills to provide exceptional customer service. In this session, you’ll identify the quality factors of a professional lunchroom and learn how to navigate challenging situations in the school kitchen. Discover strategies to ensure a high-quality customer service experience for students and staff alike. Register now for valuable insights that will elevate your school foodservice operations. 1 hr
Basic Kitchen Skills- June 2020
Join our comprehensive webinar, “Basic Kitchen Skills,” and master the essential skills needed to create nutritious and appealing school meals. In this session, you’ll learn how to efficiently set up a salad bar, perfect knife techniques like medium dice, julienne, chiffonade, and mince, and master proper timeline activities for streamlined kitchen operations. 1.5 hr
Whole Grain Breakfast- June 2020
Join our webinar to explore whole grains vs. refined grains, identify whole grain foods, and discover Breakfast After the Bell models. Learn the resources needed to implement these models effectively and apply new breakfast recipes to improve your program. Register now for valuable insights into school breakfast operations and resources. 1 hr

FOOD SAFETY

Back to School Safety Checklist
Internal Cooking Temperatures
Serving Food
Storing Food
How to Clean and Sanitize Utensils
Thawing Food
Handwashing and Cleaning Resources
Transporting Foods- Food Safety Fact Sheet
Food Safety for Serving Meals Outside of the Cafeteria
Storage & Reheating Instructions for Curbside Meals
Lifecycle of a Chicken Nugget

NUTRITION AND MENU PLANNING

Bento Box Infographic
USDA Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs Interactive Web-Based Tool

The interactive Food Buying Guide allows for easy searching, navigating, and displaying of content. In addition, users can compare yield information, create a favorite foods list, and access tools, such as:

  • The FBG Calculator
  • Exhibit A Grains Tool
  • Download Food Buying Guide
  • Recipe Analysis Workbook (RAW), and
  • Product Formulation Statement (PFS) Workbook.

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Cooking for Kids Seasonal Cycle Menus

These chef-designed menus help schools move toward increasing availability of freshly prepared foods by utilizing minimally processed commodity foods and increasing fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes have been tested in several Oklahoma schools across the state. The menus not only meet USDA meal pattern requirements but also provide schools with the resources to offer students both nutritious and delicious meals.

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Recipe Substitution Ideas
Cooking for Kids Breakfast Cycle Menu

These chef-designed menus help schools move toward increasing availability of freshly prepared foods by utilizing minimally processed commodity foods and increasing fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes can not only be utilized in the traditional breakfast serving model, but in alternative models as well such as breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast, and second chance breakfast.

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Alliance for a Healthier Generation-Smart Snack Calculator

Take the guesswork out of nutrition guidelines with the new Alliance Product Calculator for Smart Snacks! Simply enter the product information, answer a few questions, and determine whether your beverage, snack, side or entrée item meets the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines.

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Using Leftovers and Partial Cases
50 Fast Scratch Recipes
Healthy School Recipes

Healthy School Recipes is an essential, one-stop resource for school nutrition professionals who plan menus or prepare food for child nutrition programs. This community provides an extensive database of recipes developed to meet the unique needs of school nutrition programs.

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CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM

CACFP Desk Reference
National CACFP Sponsor's Association

Since 1986 the National CACFP Sponsor Association (NCA) has been the leading national organization for sponsors who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). We provide education and support to CACFP sponsors of all sizes from across the country and strive to improve communication between individual sponsors and between the sponsors and their supervising government agencies.

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ONLINE COURSE

Culinary Skills for School Meal Preparation

This course is designed to help you develop the culinary skills necessary for school meal preparation. Topics covered include mise en place, knife skills, flavor, and vegetable cookery. Earn 2 continuing education units through this School Nutrition Association approved online course.

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TASTE TESTING

Taste Testing 101

Taste testing is a great way to introduce students to new food items in a fun and interactive way. 

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Taste Preference Survey for Elementary School Students
Taste Preference Survey for Secondary School Students

LOCAL FOOD

National Farm to School Network

National Farm to School Network increases access to local food and nutrition education to improve children’s health, strengthen family farms, and cultivate vibrant communities.

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Growing Farm to School at the Local School Level

A Guide for Child Nutrition Directors and Managers

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Oklahoma Farm to School

Farm to School brings Oklahoma grown food into school cafeterias giving students the opportunity to taste farm fresh foods and learn how their food is grown.

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Farm to Child Nutrition Programs Planning Guide

The Farm to Child Nutrition Planning Guide directs you through questions to consider when starting or growing a farm to school, farm to child care, or farm to summer program.

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Oklahoma Farm to School: Tasteful Harvest

Tasteful Harvest features ready-to-go tools and resources that can be used in diverse applications to support healthy eating and daily physical activity. These tools and resources can be used in a variety of settings.

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MARKETING AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Cooking for Kids Recipe Contest Guide & Templates
Chicken Around the World

Theme days are a fun way to create excitement and spark interest in what’s being served in the cafeteria. The Chicken Around the World recipes can be used to introduce interesting new foods that students might otherwise not get to taste. Here are some tips to get you started. Check out the recipe section to find the Chicken Around the World recipes.

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Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

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Produce for Better Health Foundation

The Health & Wellness Resource Guide for Fruits & Vegetables includes new nutrition facts panels, health and nutrient content claims, social media posts, and healthy recipes with photos for 41 top produce items, with enhanced information about artichokes, potatoes, pears, and 100% Concord Grape Juice. Background information on consumption trends and responses to common consumer questions are also provided.

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Fruits and Vegetables Galore: Getting students to eat more

Fruits & Vegetables Galore is a tool for school foodservice professionals packed with tips on planning, purchasing, protecting, preparing, presenting and promoting fruits and vegetables.

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FUNDING AND GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

TSET Healthy Incentive Grants - Schools

Healthy behaviors established during childhood carry through to adulthood. To promote and support those healthy behaviors, the TSET Healthy Incentive Grant for Schools offers grants to school districts and school sites that adopt policy and implement best and promising practices in tobacco-free environments, nutrition, physical activity and employee wellness. Policy requirements for these grants help to create a learning environment that establishes and supports healthy behaviors for students, teachers and staff.

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Certified Healthy Schools

The Certified Healthy School Program was started in 2010 by a health champion in the Oklahoma legislature. The program is administered by the Oklahoma Turning Point Council and the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Center for the Advancement of Wellness. Certified Healthy School recognizes school sites that are working to improve student and employee health by providing wellness opportunities and implementing policies that lead to healthier lifestyles.

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Fuel Up

Fuel Up is an initiative focused on helping educators and students fuel wellness in the areas that matter most, like being mindful and staying healthy. Our educational resources, partnerships and grant/funding opportunities aim to broaden access to good nutrition and overall wellness.

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

FFVP can be an important tool in our efforts to combat childhood obesity. The Program has been successful in introducing school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample.

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USDA: Grants/Funding Opportunities

Find information on specific grants related to child nutrition and physical activity as well as resources to locate grants and information on the grant writing process.

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Salad Bars to School

A grant program that helps schools expand their commitment to serving fresh fruits and vegetables by implementing salad bars as part of their daily meal programs.

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