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Nutrition Services

OSSE encourages, educates and engages District residents, educators, community partners and schools to develop sustainable wellness and nutrition strategies. Among other roles, the agency administers the US Department of Agriculture grant programs, helps schools and community organizations develop school gardens and farm-to-school programs, and oversees monitoring and compliance for all meal programs in the District of Columbia.  

Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) Training Calendar

  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
  • School Breakfast Program (SBP)
  • The School Breakfast Program provides cash assistance to states to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions. The Food and Nutrition service administers the SBP at the Federal level. State education agencies administer the SBP at the state level, and local school food authorities operate the Program in schools.
  • Afterschool Snack Program (ASP)
  • The afterschool snack component of the National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted snack service that fills the afternoon hunger gap for school children. The snack service is administered at the Federal level by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. At the State level, it is administered by State agencies, which operate the snack service through agreements with local school food authorities (SFAs). SFAs are ultimately responsible for the administration of the snack service.
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)
  • FFVP can be an important tool in our efforts to combat childhood obesity. The Program has been successful in introducing school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample. FFVP is consistent with and supports the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations to provide healthier snack choices in schools.
  • Special Milk Program (SMP)
  • The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools and childcare institutions who do not participate in other Federal meal service programs. The program reimburses schools for the milk they serve.
  • USDA Foods Program
  • The USDA Foods Program supports domestic nutrition programs and American agricultural producers through purchases of domestic agricultural products for use in schools and institutions.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups.
  • The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • The Child and Adult Care Food Program provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.
  • Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
  • The Summer Food Service Program known in Washington, DC as the DC Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP), provides reimbursement for free nutritious meals and snacks served to children 18 and younger. These meals help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.
  • DC Healthy Tots Act (HTA)
  • The Healthy Tots Act, which became effective on Feb. 26, 2015, provides funding and resources to support child development facilities’ ability to serve nutritious meals and to offer high-quality wellness programming.  Early learning facilities participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are eligible to participate in Healthy Tots programming.
  • School Gardens Program
  • The OSSE School Gardens Program works to ensure that all students in the District are engaged in quality school garden programs which are highly valued by teachers and fundamental to student learning in district schools. The OSSE School Gardens Program serves as the backbone to support the more than 100 school garden programs through funding, partnerships, and strategic support.
  • Farm to School Program
  • OSSE’s Farm to School and Farm to Early Childhood Programs assists schools and childcare centers in procuring and serving local foods, incorporating farm to school concepts into the school environment through teacher training and technical assistance, and hosts District-wide events such as Growing Healthy Schools Month and Strawberries and Salad Greens Day.
  • USDA Civil Rights
  • The Division of Health and Wellness is responsible for all Civil Rights requirements under the United States Department of Agriculture.
  • USDA Nondiscrimination Statement (English)
  • Trainings and Resources
  • Training and resource materials for all Child Nutrition Programs in the District of Columbia. Find resources specific to programs locally as well as links to national resources. Program administration forms can be found on individual Program pages.
  • USDA and State Education Agency Memos
  • The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) periodically release memoranda that provide program management guidance and announce program policy updates.
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