Ingredient Guide for Better School Food Purchasing

A resource for school food leaders and manufacturers alike who are committed to improving the overall quality, nutritional value, and safety of food provided to all students in every school. Learn More

  • A “Real Chicken” Revolution: How Two Large Districts Are Shifting the School Poultry Paradigm with Scratch Cooking

    Saint Paul Public Schools and Chicago Public Schools successfully purchase raw chicken and figure out a way to cook it all from scratch.Download

  • Focus Midwest: Serving Up Fresh Chicken in Schools

    From procurement to plate, Saint Paul Public Schools and Chicago Public Schools demonstrate how to serve fresh chicken in schools.Download

  • Four Reasons Why Schools Should Buy Local Food

    Studies show programs serving local foods increase students’ participation in school meals and their consumption of fruits and vegetables. Arm yourself with data on how local food procurement supports school food, health, learning and the community.Download

  • Focus on Minnesota: Sourcing Local Produce at Saint Paul Public Schools

    Saint Paul Public Schools worked with Focus to purchase more locally grown fresh produce and make its sourcing more diversified and sustainable – all the while staying within budget.Download

  • Improving Milk in Saint Paul Public Schools

    Saint Paul Public Schools worked with Focus to procure locally produced, rBST-rBGH-free flavored milk, and helped lower the sugar content of milk throughout Minnesota.Download