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Dear Child Nutrition Director: Thank you for partnering with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to serve meals that drive academic and personal success for Texas students. TDA and schools across Texas will celebrate healthy school meals and efforts like yours during National School Lunch Week (NSLW), Oct. 15-19, 2018. Please bring your talents and abilities to encourage students to Level Up with a Healthy School Lunch during this one-of-a-kind annual celebration. TDA developed resources around the Level Up with a Healthy School Lunch theme to draw students into NSLW and show them they can win with good nutrition. Artwork from Texas students inspired the design of these resources. Everything features completely original game characters having fun and enjoying active lives fueled by good nutrition. Using this catalog, you can “shop” for the TDA resources that will facilitate an entire NSLW celebration or complement anything you are planning. NSLW posters will be delivered automatically to all school district and charter school offices at the mailing address listed in TX-UNPS. TDA will provide the appropriate posters for elementary schools, and middle and high schools. You can order additional items from TDA through the ordering form at the back of this catalog. Items available for delivery include selfie backdrops with floor decals for middle and high schools, and participation charts for elementary schools. The National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day invitations are suitable for all grades and available to order. Quantities are limited, so use the catalog to place your order today. Other TDA NSLW resources such as menus, shopping lists and calendar templates are available online for download at SquareMeals.org/NSLW. Also, it is not too late to add a Farm Fresh twist by participating in the Farm Fresh Challenge throughout October. For more information about this exciting way to bring Texas agriculture to NSLW, visit SquareMeals.org/FarmFreshChallenge. TDA values your passion for excellence in school nutrition and your willingness to support events that help us achieve even greater success. Everything you do ensures children take another step toward a healthier future and embrace the 3E’s of Healthy Living — Education, Exercise and Eating Right. Sincerely,

Angela Olige Assistant Commissioner Food and Nutrition

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Table of Contents Presidential Proclamations...................................................4 Level Up with a Healthy School Lunch...........................5 Texas Agriculture and Local Products for NSLW..........................................................................................5 The Art of Lunch and the Winners Behind the Posters.....................................................................6 Be the Next You Art What You Eat Art Contest Winner!...................................................................6 Posters for NSLW Week Celebrations.............................7 NSLW Celebration Participation Levels...........................8 Inspirational Success Stories................................................9 NSLW Marketplace...................................................................10 Online Toolkit Market.............................................................. 13 Suggested Menu and Shopping List................................ 16 Additional TDA Resources: USDA Foods and MENU Module Software................... 21 Order Materials Here............................................................ 22 Farm Fresh Harvest of the Month................................... 23

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National School Lunch Week Has a History of Fun Since 1962 schools have celebrated National School Lunch Week with fun activities, special menus and more. Today, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) supports these efforts in the Lone Star State by providing a range of resources schools can use to engage students and give their celebrations a Texas twist. TDA’s NSLW campaign materials help schools promote their events and encourage students and staff to try healthy new foods offered in the cafeteria. Thank you for partnering with TDA to raise student awareness about the importance of eating a healthy school lunch during NSLW and every day.

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TDA’s NSLW theme for 2018 is Level Up with a Healthy School Lunch. This theme makes good nutrition and healthy lifestyles fun, exciting and relevant for schoolchildren. It associates a healthy lunch with enjoyable activities that schools will engage in throughout the week of October 15-19. When young Texans eat a healthy lunch at school they can choose a balanced meal featuring whole grains, healthy dairy, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and other nutritious foods. Schools can also highlight local choices during NSLW.

TEXAS AGRICULTURE AND LOCAL PRODUCTS FOR NSLW NSLW, October 15-19, 2018, is a great time to make lunch the focus of farm to school activities. Serving local foods in meals, offering nutrition and agriculture lessons and using garden-based learning are some ways that you can bring farm to school and the Farm Fresh Initiative to your students. All of these activities help connect children to Texas food and the farmers and ranchers who grow and raise it. One of the best ways child nutrition programs can support this is by focusing NSLW menus on seasonally available Texas-grown products, including Texas produced milk, fruits, vegetables and meat products! Use TDA’s menu planning resources, online seasonality wheel and the Farm Fresh Network to learn more about the local bounty and where to buy it each month. To find out more about farm to school and TDA’s Farm Fresh Initiative, visit www.SquareMeals.org/TexasFarmFresh. The month-long Farm Fresh Challenge overlaps NSLW and schools earn special recognition for using more Texas products in cafeteria meals during October. Click here to learn more about this year’s Farm Fresh Challenge, pledge your participation, and access educational activities.

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THE STATEWIDE STUDENT ART CONTEST AND THIS YEAR’S WINNERS Each year, young artists across Texas enter TDA’s You Art What You Eat statewide student art contest. They create advertisements representing the NSLW and/or the School Breakfast Week (SBW) themes each year. The first place artwork is then incorporated into posters that are distributed to all Texas schools for NSLW and SBW. This year’s first place artwork in elementary, and middle and high school categories for NSLW illustrates the theme Level Up with a Healthy School Lunch and is featured in all the posters and materials created for the week. The posters, materials and original artwork from the winner and runners up will be displayed in the State Capitol February 14-19, 2019. An announcement will be sent to a Child Nutrition Directors closer to the date.

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Runners up ELEMENTARY • S  econd Place – Zane Chaudhry 4th Grade – Katy • T  hird Place – Marely Zaragoza 4th Grade – Houston MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL • Second Place – Sharis Del Carmen 12th Grade – Kingsville • T  hird Place – Gamaliel Garcia Zuniga 7th Grade – Hillsboro

ELEMENTARY Austlynn Quiroz 5th Grade – Laredo

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL Cecilia Duran 8th Grade – Mesquite

ALL TEXAS STUDENTS CAN ENTER THE YOU ART WHAT YOU EAT ART CONTEST IN 2019! On February 11, 2019, TDA will begin accepting entries for the fourth annual You Art What You Eat statewide student art contest! The themes for the 2019 student art contest are below. Students are encouraged to create their own advertisement for school lunch and/or breakfast based on the themes listed below. Artwork can be created using a variety of media. Entries must be received by April 12, 2019. More information about the contest, submission and entry forms can be found on www.SquareMeals.org/artcontest. Below are the official themes students should use for their drawings. • The theme for the 2019 National School Lunch Week (NSLW) campaign is Save the Day with a Healthy School Lunch. • The theme for the 2020 School Breakfast Week (NSLW) campaign is Save the Day with a Healthy School Breakfast.

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POSTERS FOR NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK CELEBRATIONS TDA mailed NSLW cafeteria posters to all Texas schools in late August. No ordering necessary. There are three posters in a set. Each set is for either elementary schools or middle and high schools. These posters do not include NSLW dates, so they can be utilized throughout the year. The posters fit in the tri-a-rama three-panel ceiling display system, which can be ordered in this catalog. Everyone is encouraged to come up with creative ways to display the posters if the tri-a-rama systems are not utilized.

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NSLW CELEBRATION PARTICIPATION LEVELS Each school can pick a NSLW participation level that fits their goals for a successful event. Choosing one of the three participation levels helps schools match their NSLW vision with local preferences and ensure student involvement. Remember, this is just a recommendation and choosing a participation level does not restrict schools in their promotions. TDA encourages you to use the bulleted lists below as stepping stones for increasing the fun and excitement of your NSLW festivities. Some resources listed below can be requested by clicking the order form link here. Resources mentioned below that are not listed on the order form can be downloaded from the online toolkit at www.SquareMeals.org/NSLWToolkit and printed by the school. Browse the NSLW toolkit to get familiar with the other online resources TDA offers that you can utilize for your celebrations. TDA encourages you to showcase your schools’ successes during NSLW by submitting stories to Outreach@TexasAgriculture.gov. We want to hear how you incorporated the ideas below or developed other creative ideas for your NSLW celebrations. TDA will also send a survey to all CNDs listed in TX-UNPS to obtain insight and successes. Please login to TX-UNPS and make sure all information is updated. We encourage you to take the survey and we appreciate any feedback you have.

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• Order and display the participation chart, selfie backdrop and floor decal (depending on campus grades). • Display TDA posters in the cafeteria beginning two weeks prior to NSLW. • O  rder and send the parent invitations home with students two weeks prior to NSLW. Remember to secure school approval for distributing the parent invitations before ordering. • P  rint the parent participation flyer available for download at SquareMeals.org/NSLWToolkit and send it home with students the week prior to NSLW to encourage students to dress for the celebration. • Have students read the NSLW morning announcements on the Friday before and during the week. • E  ncourage students and teachers to participate in all NSLW activities. Teachers can incorporate food, agriculture and nutrition into lesson plans. TDA’s farm to school activity book also is a helpful resource.

Implement all elements of Level 1, AND • Incorporate the NSLW parent participation flyer into your school newsletter, website or student report cards (electronic or print). • Print and utilize the selfie props available online to further engage your students. • P  ost NSLW information and ads on your school’s website and social media pages. Social media ads are available on the NSLW toolkit page. • E  at Local, Teach Local, and Be Social during the 2018 Farm Fresh Challenge. For more information, visit the Farm Fresh Challenge Web page! • Download the parent participation card to share about your NSLW and Farm Fresh celebrations. • Coordinate the suggested activities for NSLW. • Use the TDA suggested menu. • Use recipes from Cooking for the Seasons to incorporate additional seasonally available produce items.

Implement all elements of Levels 1 and 2, AND • U  se the Farm Fresh Seasonality Wheel to see what’s in season in September and October and plan your menus around the fruits and vegetables that are ripening in early fall. If available, consider incorporating fresh items from your school’s garden into menus. • H  ave your students level up with new foods and schedule taste tests of local products and items from your school gardens. • Invite local farmers and/or community leaders to participate a special assembly at a school. • Submit a success story to TDA at Outreach@TexasAgriculture.gov.


INSPIRATIONAL SUCCESS STORIES Dallas ISD Dallas ISD got students up and dancing for a Flash Mob competition to celebrate National School Lunch Week (NSLW) 2017. Each of the district’s 226 schools was invited to submit a video of students dancing with NSLW excitement. Before NSLW, the nutrition teams at several schools were featured in a Flash Mob video to kick off the competition. The video featured staff dancing and cooking and it has gotten almost 2,500 views on YouTube. The winning entry for students came from Dallas ISD’s Solar Preparatory School for Girls. It features a packed cafeteria with wall-to-wall dancing students and it was posted to Facebook here, along with several more of the best entries. The staff’s kickoff video is here. Zenia Ventura, in charge of Initiatives and Marketing for Nutrition Services, said the celebration and contest were as fun for the staff as they were for the students. The nutrition team also chose to order TDA’s selfie backdrop and floor decals for the high schools, and the elementary schools received the participation chart. All 226 schools in the district took part in the celebration.

Lake Travis ISD ROCK OUT WITH . . . GREGORY WHOLE GRAIN! TODAY’S WHOLE GRAIN ENCORE:

Lake Travis ISD celebrated National School Lunch Week with “The Lunch Rockers,” – illustrations of nutrition musicians that helped highlight healthy items on the menu. The cafeterias even used TV screens to introduce the band members along with the menu items for the day and previews of their food for meal appeal.

Lake Travis ISD’s nutrition team also promoted the use of the selfie station by making Friday - ROCK N‛ ROLL MUNCHABLE “Dress Like a Rock Star” day. - GARLIC BREADSTICKS Students were asked to “strike - HOMEMADE GRANOLA a pose” in front of the back drop. There were daily sticker giveaways for students who ate from the school lunch line. On the last day, stickers were placed underneath random lunch trays. The lucky students who picked a tray with a ticket received blow-up guitars and sunglasses as prizes! - FRENCH TOAST STICKS

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NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK MARKETPLACE The Marketplace offers one-stop shopping with a list of the items school nutrition professionals can use for NSLW. Some resources can be ordered and TDA will deliver them at no cost to schools. Quantities are limited, so order now. Most resources are available at any time for downloading and printing at school. The online resources can be viewed and downloaded by visiting www.SquareMeals.org/NSLWToolkit. The online order form will remain open until all Marketplace items are depleted. If a school orders after September 14, TDA cannot guarantee that the materials will be available or received before NSLW begins. • Resources ordered will be shipped directly to the address provided. • Orders will be fulfilled at the end of every week.

Tri-a-rama Hanging Kits for Posters* TDA is offering three-panel ceiling display mobiles called tri-a-ramas, to schools that want to order them. Like most TDA NSLW materials, these can be used year after year. Keep the tri-a-ramas because they will not be available for order every year. Get them while supplies last and hang onto them.

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National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day Invitation* TDA encourages all schools to involve parents in NSLW and child nutrition. To assist, TDA has created a colorful invitation for National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Schools can customize the fillable invitation with their specific event information. Order these invitations and encourage parents to attend lunch with their kids for NSLW. Before ordering, secure approval from your school’s administration to make sure it is okay for parents to attend.

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Participation Chart* Younger students will enjoy watching the participation chart grow every day they eat a school lunch in the cafeteria during NSLW. Cafeteria managers can write each day’s total on the poster to display for the entire school to see. The charts encourage students to beat each previous day’s participation total! Pictures can be taken in front of the chart and posted online using the NSLW hashtags: #TXNSLW2018, #LevelUpWithLunch, #TXLunch2018. The chart artwork coordinates with the elementary school poster sets.

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MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL MARKET Selfie Backdrop*

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Students can have fun and promote NSLW on social media by taking a selfie in front of this backdrop and tagging #TXNSLW2018, #LevelUpWithLunch, #TXLunch2018. The selfie backdrop artwork coordinates with the middle and high school poster sets but elementary schools can also get in on the fun by ordering the backdrop as well. Further instructions and prop cut-outs can be found online.

24-inch round floor decals are available to be placed on the floor in front of the selfie backdrop to call attention to the station, suggest where to stand, and enhance the students’ NSLW experience.

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Please Note: Consider hanging two TDA posters side-by-side to create one large selfie backdrop so students can take group photos!

Instructions and Prop Cut-Outs This downloadable file provides tips and recommendations on hanging the selfie backdrop posters for the maximum effect. The PDF also contains prop illustrations to be printed and cut out as needed. Available online only.

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Thank you for ordering the National School Lunch Week 2018 Selfie Backdrop! Your middle school and high school students will show their friends they can level up when they take a selfie each day they go to the school cafeteria for a healthy lunch.

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1. Backdrops should be placed side by side on a wall with at least 60 inches by 70 inches of clear space.

1. Choose color printer.

2. Use push pins or tape to hang backdrop.

2. Print on an 8½ by 11 piece of white cardstock or white construction paper.

3. Hang backdrop so that the bottom is 32 inches from the ground.

3. Cut food items around dotted line.

4. Place props to the side of the backdrop so students can easily grab one before taking the photo.

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5. If possible, have someone monitor the props to avoid misplacing and having to reprint. 6. Encourage students to take photos with their meals using the backdrop. 7. Consider ordering the Texas Department of Agriculture provided floor decal to mark the area in front of the selfie backdrop poster as a selfie station.

BELOW ARE HASHTAGS STUDENTS CAN USE TO UPLOAD THEIR PHOTOS. #TXNSLW2018 #LevelUpWithLunch #TXLunch2018

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Boost students’ involvement in NSLW by printing flyers and sending them home with students the week before NSLW begins. The flyer keeps parents informed and gives them a chance to support your NSLW efforts and encourage children to participate in theme days. Theme days help generate NSLW buzz, especially for middle and high school students. Schools can document the fun for TDA’s success story features! An alternative to printing the flyer is linking to a PDF in an electronic school newsletter. You can also promote theme days using your school’s different communication platforms by simply copying and pasting the ad on your schools website or asking teachers and staff to include this advertisement in all their communications to parents.

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PARENT PARTICIPATION FLYER During National School Lunch Week, October 15-19, please join the Texas Department of Agriculture in encouraging Texas students to Level Up with a Healthy School Lunch. During the week, your school nutrition team will use fun lessons to help your child learn more about good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Encourage your child to celebrate National School Lunch Week October 15-19 by eating a healthy lunch at school. TDA will celebrate classic video games through the theme days listed below. So suit up and get ready to Level Up with a Healthy School Lunch during the celebration week.

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Thursday TRACK AND FIELD THURSDAY

Friday FROGGER FRIDAY

Wear your favorite Mario inspired attire — hats, mustaches, coveralls or anything that reminds you of the classic Mario game characters.

Put together your wackiest outfit using the colors blue, green, yellow or red.

In 1979, the first official star wars game was released. Channel your inner Jedi and suit up with your favorite Star Wars gear.

Track and Field was release in 1982 and was the first Olympic-themed sports game. Level Up with a gold medal and dress like your favorite Olympic competitor.

Frogger was a popular game in the 80s. Level Up by wearing as much green as possible.

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FRIDAY BEFORE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK

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Morning Announcements Daily NSLW announcements combine learning about good nutrition with building excitement. Morning announcements can be read over the intercom or displayed on school TVs. Students of all ages can participate in this activity and TDA encourages schools to involve students. TDA has tailored these announcements for an intermediate reading level (grades 4 – 8) so younger students should be able to read them.


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Site Button To publicize NSLW celebrations for the entire community, add this site button to the school’s home page. Teachers can add the button at the bottom of their signature lines so it is visible with outgoing emails.

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NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK

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SUGGESTED MENU (K – 8)

Monday

• Superstar Beef Stroganoff • Ranchy Green Beans

• Texas Orange Smiles • Variety of Milk

Tuesday

• Power Up with Pork Soft Taco • Cuban Black Beans • Firecracker Sweet Potatoes

• Cubed Cantaloupe & Honeydew • Variety of Milk

• Energizing Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry • Brown Rice

• Asian Vegetable Medley • Texas Grapefruit Sections • Variety of Milk

Thursday

• High Scoring Roasted Ranch Chicken • Whole Wheat Roll • Garlic Smashed Potatoes

• Creamed Spinach • Texas Apple Slices • Variety of Milk

Friday

• Player One Pizza Pasta Pepperoni Bake • Cucumber & Tomato Salad

• Watermelon Slices • Variety of Milk

• Crunchy Broccoli Salad • Confetti Corn Salad • Sweet-Savory Watermelon Salad

• Garbanzo Bean Salad • Pickled Carrots • Superfood Salad

Wednesday

Get More Fruits and Vegetables in the Bonus Round Salad Bar!

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NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK

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SUGGESTED MENU (9 – 12)

Monday

• Superstar Beef Stroganoff • Ranchy Green Beans • Roasted Carrots

• Texas Orange Smiles • Sun Kissed Pears • Variety of Milk

Tuesday

• Power Up with Pork Soft Tacos • Cuban Black Beans • Firecracker Sweet Potatoes

• Cantaloupe Slices • Cubed Honeydew • Variety of Milk

• Energizing Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry • Brown Rice • Asian Vegetable Medley

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Cucumber Slices Texas Grapefruit Sections Mandarin Oranges Variety of Milk

Thursday

• High Scoring Roasted Ranch Chicken • Whole Wheat Roll • Garlic Smashed Potatoes

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Creamed Spinach Texas Apple Slices Fresh Banana Variety of Milk

Friday

• Player One Pizza Pasta Pepperoni Bake • Cucumber & Tomato Salad • Romaine Salad

• Watermelon Slices • Rainbow Fruit Salad • Variety of Milk

• Crunchy Broccoli Salad • Confetti Corn Salad • Sweet-Savory Watermelon Salad

• Garbanzo Bean Salad • Pickled Carrots • Superfood Salad

Wednesday

Get More Fruits and Vegetables in the Bonus Round Salad Bar!

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

COMMISSIONER SID MILLER

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NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK

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SHOPPING LIST FOR SUGGESTED MENUS (K – 8) FRESH PRODUCE AND HERBS # > Apples** Bell Peppers Broccoli Cantaloupe Cauliflower Cilantro Cucumber Garlic Grapefruit Honeydew

Mushrooms Onions Oranges**@ Plums Poblano Peppers Red Potatoes Sweet Potatoes Tomatoes Watermelon

PROTEIN/PROTEIN ALTERNATE 8 – Cut Chicken** Beef Crumbles** Beef Round Eggs**> Pork Leg** Turkey Pepperoni

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Crinkle Cut Carrots** Green Beans** Mushrooms, Diced Spinach** Yellow Squash

Brown Rice** Whole Wheat Penne Pasta** Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta** Whole Wheat Rolls, 2 oz 6-inch Whole Grain Tortilla**

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Low-fat White Milk> Nonfat White Milk> Mozzarella Cheese** Sour Cream

Black Beans** Chipotle Peppers Cream of Mushroom Soup Marinara Sauce

SEASONINGS Black Pepper Brown Sugar Cayenne Pepper Chili Powder Dried Thyme Leaves Fajita Blend Seasoning Garlic Powder Granulated Garlic Ground Cumin Ground Ginger

OTHER Ground White Pepper Onion Powder Oregano Leaves Paprika Parsley Flakes Poppy Seeds Ranch Dressing Mix Red Pepper Flakes Salt

# May be available through DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program > May be available from a local producer @ Available through DoD Farm to School ** Available through USDA Foods Texas grown and in season

All-purpose Flour Canola Oil Distilled Vinegar General TSO Sauce Lime Juice Low Sodium Chicken Base Low Sodium Soy Sauce Olive Oil Orange Juice** Pan Spray Red Wine Vinegar Vegetable Oil Water White Vinegar

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NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK

SHOPPING LIST

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SHOPPING LIST FOR SUGGESTED MENUS (9 –12) FRESH PRODUCE AND HERBS # > Apples Bananas Basil Broccoli Butternut Squash Cantaloupe Carrots

Celery Cilantro Corn Cucumbers Fresno Red Peppers Garlic Grapefruits

Green Beans Green Onions Green Bell Peppers Honeydew Melons Jalapeno Peppers Kale Lemons

Limes Onions Oranges @ Parsley Potatoes Red Bell Peppers Red Onions

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Low-fat Milk Low-fat Yogurt, plain Nonfat Milk Mozzarella Cheese Parmesan Cheese Shredded Cheddar

Chickpeas Diced Tomatoes Kidney Beans Pineapple Tidbits Pizza Sauce Sliced Peaches

Brown Rice Rolled Oats Whole Corn Tortilla Chips Whole Grain Breadsticks Whole Grain Dough Whole Wheat Panko Breadcrumbs Whole Wheat Pasta Whole Wheat Rolls, 1 oz & 2 oz

SEASONINGS Bay Leaves Cayenne Pepper Chili Powder Cumin Garlic Powder Onion Powder Oregano

Romaine Lettuce Spinach Tomatoes Watermelons Zucchini Squash

PROTEIN/PROTEIN ALTERNATE Chicken ** > Chicken Drumsticks Eggs > Ground Beef ** > Ground Turkey

OTHER Paprika Parsley Pepper Poultry Seasoning Salt Thyme

Apple Cider Vinegar Brown Sugar Chicken Base, low sodium Dijon Mustard Honey Ketchup Lemon Juice

Olive Oil Ranch Dressing Red Wine Vinegar Salsa, Low-Sodium Sweet Chili Sauce Vegetable Oil **

# May be available through DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program > May be available from a local producer @ Available through DoD Farm to School ** Available through USDA Foods Texas grown and in season

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

COMMISSIONER SID MILLER

This product was funded by USDA. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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SHOPPING LIST FOR ADDITIONAL SALAD BAR MENU RECIPES (K –12) FRESH PRODUCE AND HERBS # > Baby Spinach Bell Peppers Blueberries Broccoli Carrots Celery Stalks Garlic Ginger Root Kale Onions Red Cabbage Red Onion Watermelon

FROZEN PRODUCE

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Sweet Corn Kernels

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Almonds Cider Vinegar Dried Cranberries Lemon Juice Mayonnaise Olive Oil Red Wine Vinegar Soy Sauce Vegetable Oil Water White Vinegar

SEASONINGS Black Pepper Brown Sugar Oregano Leaves Salt Sugar

# May be available through DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program > May be available from a local producer @ Available through DoD Farm to School ** Available through USDA Foods Texas grown and in season

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ADDITIONAL TDA RESOURCES USDA Foods For the 2017-18 school year, USDA Foods helped offset food costs for Texas schools by almost 34 cents per meal. School nutrition professionals can choose from thousands of different USDA Food items that meet menu planning needs, student preferences, and school nutrition goals. Food items are available fresh, frozen, canned, dried, in bulk and in individual portions. These high quality ingredients can elevate any recipe on a school menu while decreasing overall food costs. Additionally, many USDA Foods can be sent to a manufacturer to be turned into processed food items that kids love. USDA has been working with the industry to provide more food items that are whole grain, reduced sodium, lower in added sugars, and lower in fat. Schools must commit entitlement dollars for USDA Foods through survey requests to ensure desired foods are made available to them. It is recommended that schools commit as much of their entitlement as possible during the first round of surveys that usually occurs in February and March of the prior school year. Additional survey requests will be made available but with limited items available. Additionally, schools may receive fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the Department of Defense (DoD) through the DoD Fresh program and DoD Farm to School program. Today, this collaboration supplies schools with high quality, fresh produce for their menus. In PY 2018, TDA distributed $32 million of entitlement that schools spent on fresh produce provided by DoD. Texas schools are able to utilize a portion of their USDA Foods entitlement to purchase Texas grown produce. Five locally grown crops are available during their peak season for the DoD Farm to School Program — seedless watermelon, red apples, peaches, grapefruit and oranges. Schools must opt in by Jan. 31 of each year to receive DoD Fresh entitlement distribution in the next school year.

MENU Module Software School food authorities in Texas can realize efficiencies related to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meal patterns and menu planning using software TDA offers at no charge to contracting entities. The Menu Enhancement and Nutrition (MENU) Module is a web-based system accessible in TX-UNPS for menu planning, meal production, nutrition compliance and meal cost analysis available for child nutrition school programs operating in Texas. MENU’s online app, School Café, empowers students and parents with easy access to their school’s menus and provides important feedback to child nutrition program staff. TDA and regional education service centers stand ready to provide the training and technical assistance needed to implement the system.

COMPETITIVE BENEFITS

1. Automation of required administrative review records

2. Precise nutrient analysis on menus

3. Free mobile app to market meals to parents and students ... And much more!

Learn more today! Visit www.SquareMeals.org/MENUModule

For schools that have access to MENU Module, consider adding NSLW menus for future use.

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GALA APPLES Our featured harvest for October is the Gala apple.

O CTOB E R Harvest of the Month materials spotlight fruits and vegetables grown in Texas throughout the year. Materials include: Product Sheets Information about nutrition as well as seasonal and regional availability for each of the identified products. Product Posters Decorative and informative displays teach children about each product; for use in a classroom or cafeteria. Farmer Profiles Profiles of farmers and ranchers currently participating in the Farm Fresh Initiative; these support your efforts to communicate about your local purchases. Recipe Resources Menu-ready recipes that focus on fresh fruits and vegetables in Texas.

Gala apples have stripes and are orange in color. They are sweet and not too tart, which makes them a popular snack. They rank No. 2 out of the Top 10 apples grown in the United States.

WHY HARVEST OF THE MONTH? Incorporating Harvest of the Month into your Farm Fresh activities provides an opportunity to focus on a specific fruit or vegetable each month, allowing children to try and learn more about each item. Harvest of the Month cultivates a healthy food and farm connection by increasing children’s exposure to seasonal local foods while also supporting local farmers. Materials are ready-to-go tools and resources that can be used in diverse settings, including schools, child care centers, day care homes, after-school programs, and summer nutrition program sites. By incorporating Harvest of the Month in the cafeteria and classroom, you help connect students to the bounty of the Lone Star State.

Planting the Seeds for Childhood Achievement while Supporting Texas Farmers and Ranchers

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Harvest of the Month materials and corresponding print specs at SquareMeals.org/HarvestoftheMonth

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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

COMMISSIONER SID MILLER

SquareMeals.org/NSLW

This product was funded by USDA. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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The 2018 National School Lunch Week Catalog  

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The 2018 National School Lunch Week Catalog  

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