Arkansas Department of Education Local Meat and Eggs Guide for Child Nutrition Programs

Memo Information

Memo Number
CNU-17-025
Memo Date
11/16/2016
Memo Type
Informational
Section
Child Nutrition
Regulatory Authority
USDA SP 01-2016, USDA SP
Response Required
NO
Attention
Superintendents; Principals

Contact Information

Memo Text

ATTENTION CO-OP DIRECTORS AND CHILD NUTRITION DIRECTORS

 

 

The momentum of the Farm to School movement in Arkansas Child Nutrition Programs is exciting!  As schools continue to bring in local foods, many have asked about local meats and eggs.

 

The Arkansas Child Nutrition Unit has consulted with several outside partners to develop the attached guide that addresses food safety requirements for local meats and eggs in the state.

 

The United States Department of Agriculture has released two policy memos that address this topic as well:

 

Procuring Local Meat, Poultry, Game, and Eggs for Child Nutrition Programs:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cn/SP01_CACFP%2001_SFSP01-2016os.pdf

 

Service of Traditional Foods in Public Facilities:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cn/SP42_CACFP19_SFSP21-2015os.pdf

 

When buying local products, Child Nutrition Programs must follow federal procurement guidelines and maintain appropriate documentation when contracts are made with local processors.

 

If you have questions about the guide or would like more information about Farm to School Programs, please contact the Child Nutrition Unit (501) 324-9502.