Resources

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The Lunch Box’s Resources section is the central library for all resource tools developed by The Lunch Box team and those shared by other School Food experts around the country. It is a wellspring of tools including evaluations, grant finding and writing tools, feasibility studies, case studies, Farm to School resources and more so you can consider and begin to take action to transform your school district’s food program from a highly processed to a scratch-cooking environment.
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Implementation Updates

Stay up to date on the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act at this USDA website.

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Heifer Project International

"Heifer's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.
By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.
With gifts of livestock and training, we help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as "living loans" because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal's offspring to another family in need. It's called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of our mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace."

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Holistic Moms Network

"The Holistic Moms Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization connecting parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. We encourage moms to trust their instincts, parent from the heart, use their innate sense of what is best for their children, live in balance with the Earth, and learn about the pros and cons of all healthcare and parenting options.

Living healthy and living green is not an endpoint, but an ongoing journey. No matter where you are on your parenting or holistic living journey, you are welcome at HMN! We are a diverse and open-minded community, a place where your choices are respected and where you can learn and become informed! Many of us are new to this journey, others more experienced. Wherever you are, you can benefit from the wisdom, support, and resources that Holistic Moms have to offer!"

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House Bill 2800

"Relating to Oregon Farm-to-School and School Garden Program; creating new provisions; amending ORS 336.426; appropriating money; and declaring an emergency."

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How Did They Do It? Success Stories of Alternative Fundraisers, Celebrations and Rewards

"Two new publications from the Alliance highlight real-life stories from schools implementing the Healthy Schools Program criteria for competitive foods and beverages."

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How Do We Feed Vermont's School Children

This is a FARM2SCHOOL INITIATIVE PUBLICATION
Prepared by Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day): a partnership of Food Works, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, and Shelburne Farms.

It's purpose is:
- To outline how Vermont schools currently provide meals to
their children.
- To show how the Farm2School initiative is working with schools to encourage greater use of fresh local foods and helping Vermont children make wiser, healthier choices about the food they eat.

Thanks to Vermont FEED for giving permission to share the link to this document: http://www.vtfeed.org/assets/files/Farm2SchoolPrimer.pdf

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How the Diets of Children on WIC Measure Up
Curious to find out where the children in your urban school district are measuring up within regards to nutrition? This study examines low income children who are on WIC and those who do not have access to the program compared to higher income children. To see recommendations on how to overcome some of the nutritional disparities check out this report.
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How to Apply Geographic Preference from the National Farm to School Network

An overview of a USDA Q&A document lays out many frequently asked questions about applying geographic preference to your produce bid and provides key answers. A must-read for anyone looking to change their produce buying methods to support more regional procurement.

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How to Develop a Salad Bar for School Lunch Menu Programs - UCLA Slusser 1998

"The following guide will present a general overview on how to implement a salad bar program in an elementary school cafeteria. It is the author’s goal that this manual can help schools, cafeteria personnel, parents or any other community member implement a salad bar as part of the lunch menu option in school. The enclosed information is based on the combined experiences of members in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Occidental College community Food Security Project, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health who have been involved in piloting a salad bar program in three LAUSD schools beginning in 1999."

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