As school districts and meal sponsors continue to refine ways to reach remote learners with meals, and prepare for the return of in-person learning in areas, the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices is updating and creating resources to guide and educate.
Start with this look at our team in North Carolina:
Then check out two of our favorite resources:
- School Meals Marketing Toolkit — This toolkit was created to help get the word out to families about meals available for kids. It includes a variety of both ready to use and customizable assets—in both English and Spanish—to help you quickly and easily communicate with families. Within the toolkit you’ll find social media images, sample social media posts, flyers, a template letter and example robocall scripts.
- Educator’s Guide to School Meals During the 2020-21 School Year — This resource was designed specifically for educators to help you understand what school meals look like now during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and identify ways that you can help ensure your students are accessing the critical nutrition they need.
And keep your deep dive going with these and more resources from the NKH Center for Best Practices site:
- Summary of Current COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response Nationwide Waivers — This resource conveniently summarizes all of the nationwide waivers and guidance issued by USDA to date. For each of nationwide waivers and waiver extensions, this resource provides the waiver number, title, programs to which it applies, its release date, the end date, a brief summary of what the waiver does, and additional notes. The waiver and memo summary was recently updated to include guidance released by the USDA on January 26th regarding emergency operational cost reimbursement payments for schools and CACFP operators. No Kid Hungry will continue to update this resource.
- CEP & Title I: Helpful Info for School Nutrition Staff — This resource can help prepare school nutrition staff for conversations with district administrators about how CEP does – and does not – impact federal Title I funding.
- Conversation Starters for Designing More Inclusive School Meals Programs — Use these conversation starters to 1) identify barriers that students and their families may face in accessing school meals and 2) to generate ideas for engaging students and families as partners are designing more equitable meal programs.
- Equipment Tips for Serving Meals in the Classroom — Offers guidance as schools consider how to handle meal delivery, whether to the classroom or to other areas on campus. It also offers suggestions as to what equipment may be needed.
- Virtual Afterschool Enrichment Ideas — Provides links to online activities that can be shared with kids in order to meet the afterschool enrichment activity requirement while providing non-congregate meals.
- Afterschool Enrichment Print Materials — Provides links to worksheets and handouts that can be printed and distributed along with non-congregate meals in order to meet the afterschool enrichment activity requirement.