USFA in Action!
Take a look at various meetings and events hosted by USFA as well as ongoing projects such as the Chicken Pilot!
School districts that tailor school food service procurement policies and procedures using best practices from commercial food service achieve benefits in food quality, supply chain and food cost. Districts receiving federal funds through the operation of the NSLP, SBP, CACFP, SFSP must follow USDA procurement regulations, not Education Department of General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). This self-assessment tool measures procurement strategies beyond compliance with federal regulations that can result in better food, controlled costs, and improved chain.
A look into our Fall meeting
Members of USFA were excited to be together in person to learn from one another, hear updates from USDA, learn more about current research, discuss critical topics and see school meal operations firsthand at Memphis-Shelby County Schools. Watch this video to learn more about USFA.
2023 USFA Fall Meeting Vendor Interviews
USFA also invited vendors to discuss innovative and clean label products.
USFA Local Procurement Miniseries
School meals provide important nutrition to 30 million students a day. The time is now for schools to be bold and creative when considering their purchasing power and their responsibilities in serving their community. The procurement processes used by schools can have a tremendous impact on the viability of local farmers, processors, and their ability to supply healthy local food to schools.
USFA Culinary Training at San Antonio
In partnership with the Culinary Institute of America, member district school district chefs and trainers attended a one-week “Train the Trainer” on developing and improving culinary skills with a focus on plant-based menu items.
USFA Chicken Pilot Launch
The Urban School Food Alliance (USFA) is proud to announce the launch of its student tested and approved Chicken Pilot using only No Antibiotic Ever (NAE) chicken. The first-of-its kind Pilot launched in 14 participating school districts across the country bringing innovative, healthy and delicious chicken items to students, as well as causing needed disruption and change with a new healthier school food procurement model to support nutrition directors’ operations.
A look into our Winter meeting
Members of USFA were excited to be together in person to learn from one another, hear updates from USDA, learn more about current research, discuss critical topics and see school meal operations firsthand at LA Unified School District. Watch this video to learn more about USFA.