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:
Service of Traditional Foods in Public
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.