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Great Trays® Toolkit for School Foodservice


Two options for purchasing fresher or more economical products are buying from local farmers and producers, and the Minnesota School Food Buying Group.

Farm to School

Toolkit for Direct Purchasing of Local Food​​s​ ​from the Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture ​helps start, build, and sustain your school’s farm to school efforts.

Minnesota School Food Buying Group (MSFBG)

Benefits of the Buying Group: The Minnesota Food Buying Group offers lower costs and good variety. Transcript (PDF)

Minnesota School Food Buying Group can help public school districts and public charter schools:

The Anoka-Hennepin School District manages the Minnesota School Food Buying Group for member districts.

Related resources

Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition ProgramsFood and Nutrition Service; U.S. Department of Agriculture — This guide helps you purchase the right amount of food, and for the food-based menu options, helps you determine the specific contributions each food makes toward meal pattern requirements.

Food Buying Guide CalculatorThe University of Mississippi — Use this online calculator to help with the process of ordering food for your program.

USDA Foods Toolkit for Child Nutrition ProgramsU.S. Department of Agriculture — Check out this collection of valuable resources to assist you and to educate students, school staff, and the community about the healthy and nutritious contributions that USDA Foods provide to school meal programs.

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