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Alpha Foods Company
Nichole Bond
nbond@alphafoodsco.com
Alpha Foods Company, a family owned K12 pizza supplier is here to support districts and cooperatives with emergency feedings. Alpha Foods Company Grab-and-Go offerings and newest Take-And-Bake 16” CN approved pizza can be found here. They continue to come up with creative ways to serve Pizza during these changing times. Please feel free to reach out to one of their Regional Sales Managers: Eve Leon eleon@alphafoodsco.com; Bob Dagosta bdagosta@alphafoodsco.com or Nichole Bond nbond@alphafoodsco.com.

American Egg Board
Maribel Alchin
malchin@aeb.org
American Egg Board launched their Eggs In Schools resources with a NEW 5 Days/ 5 Ways® Grab n’ Go Protein Box menu with real school recipes, which are great for emergency feeding, summer feeding or anytime! See image of the new menu here. They also have a collection of 5 Days/ 5 Ways® menus and real school recipes for using all of the different egg products (liquid eggs, egg patty, hard-boiled eggs, omelets, etc.) which can be found here.

Bake Crafters
Julie Burkhart
julie@bakecrafters.com 
Bake Crafters offers several individually-wrapped Thaw & Serve sandwich options for K12 customers. The T&S sandwiches are excellent choices for Off-Campus Feeding, Emergency Feeding, Summer Feeding and Lunch in the Classroom.  Bake Crafters also offers many individually wrapped Heat & Serve sandwiches, muffins, pancakes, waffles, French Toast sticks, bagels and mini treats. Heating instructions are available for many of the products to make preparation away from school easy. For more information on these, and all other Bake Crafters products please visit us at www.bakecrafters.com  or support@bakecrafters.com

Basic American Foods
Quentin Layne
qlayne@baf.com
Basic American Foods is offering Individual Packet sizes of your favorite Potato Pearls® mashed potatoes and Santiago® refried beans. These packets are perfect for take home meals. Easy preparation, simply add one cup of water. Increase vegetable and meat alternative variety utilizing these delicious foods. The Individual Packets are eligible for commodity processing, be sure to get our USDA foods value out every packet sent home in your community. Continue to let your inner hero shine! Please e-mail qlayne@baf.com for information.

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Bongards Premium Cheese
Jill Ponder
Jill.Ponder@Bongards.com
Bongards has developed useful resources to assist schools as they feed the children in their communities. Their On-The-Go Cheese Options, including both nutritional and product information, can be found here They have also compiled a list of fun and creative Emergency Feeding Menu Ideas to utilize your cheese inventories. For further assistance, please reach out to Jill at the email above.

Buena Vista Foods
Laura Trujillo
ltrujillo@bvfoods.com
Buena Vista Foods has a variety of Breakfast Kits and Meal Kits to support your program needs during this challenging reopening phase. These are individually wrapped and successful for all feeding options: curbside, classroom or cafeteria. Our full line of individually wrapped K12 products can be found at our website at www.bvfoods.com.

Bush's Best Beans
Ben Carpenter
BCarpenter@bushbros.com
Bush's Best Beans is working with a group of manufacturers to support some out of work commercial chain operator chefs to develop “inspirational” recipes to keep their peers inspired during this time using sponsored product. The recipes Bush’s has requested are takeout or delivery optimized to help with fresh ideas during this time. All proceeds from sponsor dollars are being donated to CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees).

Cargill
Suzanne McCarty
Suzanne_McCarty@cargill.com
Cargill is providing grab-and-go items - Sunny Fresh egg items and their easy prep Shady Brook Farms turkey items along with heating at home instructions. They also have a recent newsletter with some menu concepts. They will continue to add ideas to present new opportunities as districts continue to find creative, tasty and easy items to add to their efforts.

Conagra Foodservice
Emily Neu
Emily.Neu@conagra.com
Conagra Foodservice has been working hard to provide resources requested by operators across the nation. Click here for microwave instructions for bulk and packaged products, along with a listing of packaged products. For any product related questions, call 1-800-357-6543 or your Conagra Representative. The work continues in better understanding what the K12 industry will look like in school year 2020-2021 and beyond. Conagra Foodservice will continue to be a partner for all K12 Operators. 

Danone North America
Danone North America has created a five-day menu plan to help operators create fresh grab-and-go meals that are easy to prepare and meet meal pattern requirements during the current crisis. The menu cycle is designed for pickups twice per week, and these kid-friendly recipes are both quick to prepare and delicious. To view the recipes and for more information, please visit this link. Danone is also providing the following assets for download on its site: Thank You cards for operators to give to their front line workers and Horizon Organic activity mats for operators to include with grab-and-go meals.

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DOLE Packaged Foods 
Michael Klitsberg, Regional Sales Manager - Southeast
Michael.Klitsberg@doleintl.com
DOLE Packaged Foods has the Safe, Branded and Quality products that you need and the Delicious Fruit that your kids love and deserve. For almost 170 years, DOLE has been there to provide delicious fruit with our guiding principle of “Quality, Quality, and Quality.”, there is no substitution. We perform over 90,000 Quality and Safety tests per year on our items, so you can rest assure that your kids are getting the highest quality products. From our #1 Selling Individually Wrapped, Shelf Stable 1/2c Fruit Bowls and 1/2c Fruitocracy Fruit Pouches our IW Items are the perfect, no-labor solution now and for the future. For information as to what were are doing during the COVID Crisis and how we can help, please visit our website or reach out to your local Regional Sales Manager for more information. With all the challenges ahead of us, we are here for our foodservice partners, and we will get through this together.

Don Lee Farms
Jennifer Armstrong
jennifer.armstrong@donleefarms.com
Don Lee Farms carries individually-wrapped products for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to meet the needs of feeding children AND families. Individual portions of sealed burgers, sliders, breakfast sandwiches, corn dogs, and pancake/sausage-on-a-stick can be heated and served as “Grab’n Go”, or safely re-distributed frozen for re-heating at home. Oven and microwave instructions are provided in English and Spanish on their website for take-home preparation.

EMS-LINQ (Meals Plus)
John Nelson
sales@linq.com
LINQ, a software company focused on K-12 operations, is offering free use of their Online Ordering and Catering solution to assist with contingency feeding during COVID-19 related school closures. This offer is available through July 1, 2020. If your district could benefit from this free service, you can reach them by phone M-F 8am - 5pm EST at 1-800-541-8999. You can also email sales@linq.com for more information. 

E S Foods, Inc.
Amy Josephson
ajosephson@esfoods.com
E S Foods’ shelf stable Breakfast Breaks and Meal Breaks are ideal for emergency feeding, breakfast and lunch. These individually wrapped grab & go meal kits have proven to be extremely helpful during these unprecedented times. Please visit www.ESFoods.com for more information.

Foodservice Express
Vonnie Berc
yberc@med-diet.com
Foodservice Express offers over 1,300 products of select items that are not typically stocked in the larger distributor warehouses. Product selection includes many brand name products that are gluten free,  dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut free, allergen-free, vegan, sugar free, diabetic, low sodium, low fat, low protein, kosher, halal, organic, and vegetarian. Specialty diet products are available through Sysco, US Foods, GFS & Reinhart or purchase directly at Foodservice Express www.FoodserviceExpress.com

General Mills Convenience & Foodservice
Richard Fellers
Richard.Fellers@genmills.com
General Mills Convenience & Foodservice has created customizable signage to hopefully help schools advertise their ‘emergency feeding’ programs. They have also ordered 1 million grab n go bags – General Mills sales team will be reaching out to their K-12 customers to give these away at no cost. Be sure to review their webpage to include all support that General Mills is providing. This webpage is continuously updated as more ways to support K-12 operators arise in this time of need.

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Health-e Pro
Laura Thompson
laura@healthepro.com
Health-e Pro recently hosted two webinars on dealing with the new normal. In Part I, they discussed the questions to ask to start planning for the Fall, and in Part II, guest speakers Jen McNeil ( LunchAssist) and Maureen Pisanick ( Pisanick Partners) offered answers and concrete ideas for planning for Fall. 

Heartland School Solutions
Mary Ryan
mary.ryan@e-hps.com
During these challenging times, we are so grateful for people like you and couldn't be more honored to partner with your district. To aid with emergency feeding, we have developed new resources that will hopefully provide some assistance to you and your staff. We are offering a FREE service to Collect Orders for Emergency Meals Online through MySchoolBucks. You can also learn how Meal Viewer can communicate Emergency Feeding Site Locations and important updates. Follow us on our Connections Blog as we continue to provide insights and tools to help your operation.

Horizon Software
Amanda Correa
ACorrea@HorizonSoftware.com 
Horizon Software is providing 6 months of free meal tracking software for school nutrition programs at this time. Visit this link for more information.

Howies Athletic Tape
Howie Sieplinga
howie@howiesathletictape.com 
Howies Athletic Tape normally supply athletic equipment to teams & schools. During this crisis, they have learned that there is a major shortage of lunch bags across the country. In order to help out, Howies has shifted its production to manufacture Food Grade poly bags which are the perfect substitute for school lunch bags.

inTEAM Associates, LLC
Chip Goodman
chip@e-inteam.com 
inTEAM Associates, LLC is offering its free menu planning and supply chain software that includes grab and go recipes and menus backed up by inTEAM’s nutrition consultants that you know and trust. Additionally, inTEAM has partnered with US Foods & Premier on their K-12 Emergency Meal Bag Program for local school districts, counties and parishes enabling operators to supply five reimbursable breakfast and lunch meals in a single delivery. For more information, visit inTEAM Associates website

Interflex
Rhiannon Schaeffer
rschaeffer@interflex.net 
Interflex offers a free online procurement tool for k-12 school districts and cooperatives nationwide. The tool can be used to create specifications, gather quantities from participants in a cooperative, send and receive bids completely electronically, as well as evaluating and awarding bids. Again this is no charge to operators or cooperatives. They currently assist over 100 districts annually with their electronic procurement needs. More information can be found here.

J&J Snack Foods Corp.
Alana Stutman
AStutman@jjsnack.com
J&J Snack Foods Corp. offers a variety of individually wrapped, thaw & serves products for K-12 customers. Our products are excellent cost-efficient items, easy to use, pair well with meal kits and power pack meals allowing for both cafeteria grab-n-go and in classroom portable feedings. Our individually wrapped products range from our BeneFIT Bars, Pre-packaged Grahams to our NEW exciting Crunch n’ CraveCrackers. Plus, JJSF offers an assortment of individually wrapped soft pretzels and SUPERPRETZEL® serving bags. Additionally, JJSF offers a large assortment of 100% frozen juice cups, supported with a freezer bag program to transport, and serve these products. Click here to visit our website for more information, recipe ideas, equipment options, promotions and point of sale materials.

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John Soules Foods/Proview
Cheryl Pratt

cpratt@jsfoods.com
John Soules Foods/Proview Chicken offers a variety of products to include heating instructions for meeting Covid-19 needs and are highlighting ways to easily incorporate these items into your menus.  We have also included our wrapped and ready items. If you would like more information on the products listed, please contact Cheryl Pratt directly.

JTM Food Group
Amy McAdams
AmyMcAdams@jtmfoodgroup.com
JTM Food Group has developed a few guide resources and in the process of creating more! To view these guides, please visit their website and you will find under the “2020 Emergency Feeding Guides” section.

Kellogg’s
Samantha Baffes
Samantha.Baffes@kellogg.com
The Kellogg’s K-12 Team has put together some great tools and resources to help operators in this time. You can find emergency feeding product lists, resources to help operators create emergency feeding meal kits, and much more on their K-12 Homepage. Please visit their website or reach out to their team at kelloggK12@kellogg.comfor more information.

Land O’Lakes
K12 Foodservice Team
K12Specialist@landolakes.com
Land O’Lakes Foodservice has a dedicated team of culinary, nutrition and product experts who are here for you through the toughest and most uncertain of times. We’ve compiled resources on how to use shredded cheese, shelf-stable cheese sauces and macaroni and cheese during emergency feedings, heat-at-home instructions, inspiration for bento boxes and much more. To learn more, click here.

LoveYourLunchroom.com
Londa Arnfelt
Londa@loveyourlunchroom.com
To help support schools in getting the word out and identifying all the serving location, LoveYourLunchroom.com have designed signs that are available in multiple formats and colors.
See link to brochure. These signs are perfect to roll into your Summer Feeding program as well. For more information, please contact Londa Arnfelt directly or Hello@LoveYourLunchroom.com

Michael Foods
Jim Ruhling
james.ruhling@michaelfoods.com
Coping with COVID-19 has brought out the creative in all of us. Here are some solutions from Michael foods Grab N’ Go Solutions and their NEW Egg Bites, portable and perfect for lunch pick up. Offering breakfast for dinner, they have breakfast sandwich ideas to freshen up your menu. Eggs are a great protein option because of price, nutrition, and availability compared to other proteins. Contact Jim Ruhling for more information.

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MCI Foods
Chris Hakmiller
chris@mcifoods.com
MCI Foods have availability of complete Meal Kits for emergency feeding, breakfast and lunch, and have sold to numerous districts throughout the US. Please note that these are available on a first come-first serve basis, minimum of six pallets and will need a three-week lead time to deliver kits in the US.

National Dairy Council
Katie Bambacht
katie.bambacht@dairy.org
National Dairy Council implemented two initiatives to support schools during this uncertain time. Their GENYOUth COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Fund Grant Application page is now live and schools are now able to apply! Here is the press release with the announcement. They have a few potential projects still underway and will pass along as they come to fruition.

Nationfresh
Matthew Moon
MMoon@classproduce.com
Nationfresh is a collaboration of regional, family-owned wholesaler/processors offering consistent product lines on a national scope.  School packed fresh cuts items are one of those lines.  Facilities are in DC, Cleveland, Des Moines, Atlanta, Portland and Miami and delivery lanes cover most of the country. If you would more information, please contact Matthew Moon directly at 443-690-7388.

NutriStudents K-12
Amanda Craig
amanda@NutriStudentsK-12.com
To help school nutrition professionals serve students under any service scenario this fall, NutriStudents K-12® is offering a free  COVID-19 Back-to-School Guide. The guide includes step-by-step instructions for successfully providing meals under any socially distant scenario: meals in the cafeteria, meals in the classroom, grab & go and delivery/pick up. The complete COVID-19 Safety Preparedness Plan template can be easily adapt to your program. Download at: https://MenuFreedom.com/BTSGuide

PaySchools
Jenna Heitsch
jheitsch@i3verticals.com
PaySchools®, one of the flagship education businesses within the education vertical of i3 Verticals (Nasdaq: IIIV), announced an initiative with HundredX® Inc. to help schools feed children during the coronavirus pandemic. Select districts across the nation are eligible to participate in this joint initiative in 2020. Interested districts can apply to be considered for this program. For more information on Trays Across America and PaySchools give-back initiative, visit here

PCS Revenue Control Systems, Inc.
https://pcsrcs.com/
PCS Revenue Control Systems, Inc. releases PCSFeedTheKids.com web site for capturing and managing Emergency Meal Counts for K-12 school districts, as a free service during the COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis. PCSFeedTheKids.com facilitates quick entry at the serving location of Emergency Meal Counts by phone, tablet, or computer, along with scan or picture capture of tally sheets. The process, including signup and setup, is fully automated, and supports back entry of counts to capture the full month of meal service right from the start. Click here for more information.

Red Gold
Jodi Batten
jbatten@redgold.com
Red Gold has been an industry leader in the K12 Segment by offering popular, versatile, convenient, portion control Vegetable Cups to schools for many years. Their uniquely formulated Better Nutrition Made Simple™ Salsa Cups and Marinara Cups meet the Red/Orange Vegetable Crediting requirements in USDA Feeding Programs. They are each available in sizes that meet either ½ cup Credit or ¼ cup Credit. These shelf stable items make great veggie solutions to your Grab N Go feeding needs during the Covid19 Pandemic. They are readily available through most foodservice distributors. Additionally, Red Gold has a variety of Portion Control Naturally Balanced™ Condiments (i.e. Ketchup and Barbeque Sauce) to enhance those To Go Meals. For more information, click here.

Rehab 4 Addiction
Boris Mackey
A useful guide about improving mental health during COVID-19 pandemic.

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SA Piazza “Wild Mike’s” Pizza
Dana Saverino
dsaverino@sapiazza.com
SA Piazza “Wild Mike’s” Pizza has several items with cooking instructions to help the schools during these difficult times.

SEA Level Social
Liz Roesel
liz@sealevelsocial.com
SEA Level Social is offering free Google Maps to any district to help promote their serving site. For more information or further assistance, please email Liz Roesel directly at liz@sealevelsocial.comor message SEA Level Social at www.facebook.com/sealevelsocial to request maps, surveys or any other marketing collateral they may need. See example of google maps promotion here. You can also find all of their COVID-19 specific resources here.

School Food Handler
Bart Christian
bart@bartchristian.com
School Food Handler team is creating new resources almost daily in terms of procedures and will be sending them out as they are developed. This resource link is available to have easy access to the information. They are currently in the process of setting up a resources page within the system that would have everything listed. All resources being offered is free including their accredited Food Handler course. Additionally, they are developing three more support SOPs and will send to their list nationwide.

Schwan's Food Service
Rachel Lukoff
Rachel.Lukoff@schwans.com
The Schwan’s K12 team has been busy these past few weeks trying to support our operators in their new reality and to create tools to help support a grab & go and take and bake world. This list is of the official resources created and disseminated so far to date for K12 operators; however, their sales team in general has been reaching out to accounts to figure out how they can best support and help identify solutions.

Tasty Brands
Emily Moore
emoore@tastybrandsk12.com
Tasty Brands has created single serve preparation and at home heating instructions utilizing some of their bulk frozen items (they are available in English & Spanish).For more information and to download these instructions, please visit the home page of the website. They have also noted the shortage in single serve containers and are able to provide their dual Microwavable/Ovenable After School Meals containers ( click here for images). Operators can reach out to their regional or broker for more information.

The Edu-Source Corporation
Ruben Pena
ruben@edusourcecorp.com
The Edu-Source Corporation is happy to announce a NEW product line dedicated to keeping all Child Nutrition frontline heroes safe. The New Mobile Cart follows CDC distancing guidelines, assists with traffic control and meal transport challenges. Learn more about their COVID-19 response and product line offerings. Visit their website and download their brochure on these new products and other offerings dedicated to creating safe and inspiring atmospheres!

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Tyson Foods
Andrew Williams
Andrew.Williams@tyson.com
Tyson Foods has a food service resource page to include relevant product lists and other resources that you can find here.

United Fresh Produce Association
Andrew Marshall
amarshall@unitedfresh.org
United Fresh Produce Association is connecting schools with produce distributors and fresh-cut processors that can provide single serve, individually wrapped fresh fruit and vegetables for your meal distributions. Please let them know where you are located, and what types of produce you are looking for, and they will connect you with produce companies that service your area. Complete this form to get started. Additional K-12 resources and general information about the produce industry during COVID-19 is available here.

Vitamix
community@vitamiz.com
Vitamix is offering a 20% discount on all new blenders to front-line personnel. To receive a unique discount code, email community@vitamiz.com. The discount can be applied to one new blender per customer – reconditioned units are not included. The code will be sent to you via email.

Yangs 5th Taste
Cindy Husar-Marschke
cindy@yangs5thtaste.com
Yangs 5th Taste has developed creative ways to use their products during Emergency Feeding including heating & reheating instructions. For more information please contact: Cindy Husar-Marschke at 414-333-5578.

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