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Partner Resources

Selecting and Storing Fresh Produce

August 29, 2023

Incorporating fresh produce into the food you serve can be a great practice, but it’s important that you know how to properly store different types of produce. Our partners at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) have tips on how to select and store fresh produce so they stay good longer and don’t go to waste.

Prepare for Emergencies

August 22, 2023

Our partners at Sesame Street in Communities have resources to help children and families cope with disasters and prepare for the unexpected. Their Emergencies topic page has videos, printable activities, and articles to support families after experiencing a natural disaster.

Keeping Food Safe in Summer Heat

August 8, 2023

Staying cool may be challenging during summer, especially when buying and transporting groceries. Keeping foods in safe temperatures also requires more attention in the summer. Our partners at ICN have great tips for keeping purchased foods safe between the store and your kitchen, whether in a center or home.

School Readiness: Learning Circles

July 26, 2023

Learning can happen anywhere, anytime with help from the adults in a child’s circle of care who keep them safe and well. Sesame Street in Communities’ new bilingual (English and Spanish) resources leverage the power of building social-emotional skills and healthy relationships.

National Berry Month

July 25, 2023

July is National Berry Month! Summer is a great time to serve delicious meals/snacks that include berries, while educating those in your care about healthy eating with fruit.

Build a Healthy Eating Routine

July 20, 2023

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans has a variety of online resources that professionals can use to help parents and caregivers start infants and children off with a healthy eating routine. MyPlate also has great tipsheets for parents and caregivers based on the life stage.

Serving Traditional Indigenous Foods

July 18, 2023

To support the use of traditional Indigenous foods in Child Nutrition Programs, FNS has created a new webpage as an organized hub of technical assistance resources and policy guidance. This new webpage, Serving Traditional Indigenous Foods in Child Nutrition Programs, houses relevant policy guidance and resources to assist CNP operators in determining how traditional Indigenous foods may contribute toward a reimbursable meal.

Enjoy Healthy Summer Activities

July 13, 2023

Looking for fun summer activities and resources? Team Nutrition and MyPlate have a great collection of resources available for free!

Creating Variety and Flavor with Seasonal Produce

July 11, 2023

Have you ever eaten a fresh apple or a peach right off a tree? If so, you know seasonal produce is fresh and tastes delicious, making children more likely to eat it. In addition to great taste, buying seasonal products also helps sustain the local economy.

Playful Activities for Picky Eaters 

July 5, 2023

As a way to help parents and caregivers provide fruits, vegetables, and healthy drinks every day, the CDC Foundation has produced a series of playful activities for use during meal and snack time.