Meal Service Strategies:
These resources are designed to help schools and child nutrition program operators navigate challenges of the school year and ensure that children continue to receive the nutrition they need, including
- Program Options and Waivers
- Engaging the School Community
- Meal Service Operation Resources
- How Community Eligibility (CEP) Can Help
- Afterschool Meal Resources
School Meals Application Outreach Toolkit
This toolkit includes guidance on connecting with families about meal applications, outreach examples from other school districts, and ready-to-use No Kid Hungry resources in both English and Spanish.
2022-2023 School Meals Marketing Toolkit
Marketing is one of the most effective tools for increasing participation in school meals. This toolkit was created to help you get the word out to students and families about school meals and includes both ready to use and customizable assets to help you quickly and easily communicate with students and families through social media, newsletters, flyers and more..
School Breakfast Toolkit
This toolkit was created to help with the launch and implementation of alternative breakfast models within schools in Kentucky.
Farm to School
- The Kentucky Horticulture Council hosted a series of webinar on topcs regarding how to start buying produce directly through Kentucky farmers. Click here to access the webinar recordings.
- Guide to KY Farm Foods from Distributors: Did you know that distributors have Kentucky-grown products available? These Kentucky farm impact products are available either shipped or delivered to schools across Kentucky. Farm impact products are sourced, wholly or in part, from farms in Kentucky.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits qualifying households to purchase nutritious food using an electronic card that functions like an ATM card accepted at most grocery stores and farmers’ markets. SNAP can help families weather financial hardship and ensure access to healthy food.
As trusted messengers, schools and community organizations are an important source of information for families. This toolkit includes sample SNAP outreach materials in English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Tagalog, and Vietnamese that can be customized with the local details and specifics that best serve your community.
SNAP Outreach Toolkit for Schools
Overview of Kentucky SNAP program
Summer Meals Outreach Toolkit This toolkit features a range of ready-made promotional materials to help publicize summer meals in your communities
Averaged Area Eligibility Map
This map can show you whether your summer meal site or day care home is in an area eligible location based on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s averaging policy.
No Kid Hungry Summer Meals Calculator
This budgeting tool can help you plan for your summer meals program, including specific guidance on budgeting for mobile meals.
Tips for Staffing Summer Meals Programs
No Kid Hungry gathered advice from summer nutrition heroes who have found innovative ways to ensure that their programs stay afloat in the summertime with passionate and dedicated staff.
Serving Meals on Weekends: Students need healthy meals every day of the year to learn and grow. Learn how both school and non-profit sponsors can use the Afterschool Meals Program to serve meals and snacks to children on weekends, holidays, school breaks, and closures.
Child Tax Credit
Code for America’s GetCTC tool can enables families to claim the Child Tax Credit and third stimulus payment. Their simplified form takes about 15 minutes to complete. The enrollment window ends on November 15th, 2022.
Child Tax Credit Resource Kit
This toolkit offers pre-made resources that state agencies can use to text families about enrolling for this important benefit. It also provides flyers, letters, and social media tools that anyone – schools, nonprofits, elected leaders and partners – can use to reach families with this information.