Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Each location is a one day expo.
  • The schedule is the same at each location.
  • Registration is FREE, but required. 
  • Please register each person attending. 
  • Registration Deadline is February 2, 2018.
  • ALL FSDs/head cooks are encouraged to attend the whole day's schedule.   
  • Lunch will not be provided at any location. 

Day's schedule for each location: 

9:30-10:00 a.m.
10:15-11:15 a.m.
 Cooking With Commodities
11:15-12:00 p.m.
 Informational Meeting/ Presentation
12:00-1:30 p.m.
 Food Show/ USDA Foods Packet Help Session

Contact Us

For questions or additional information about the content covered in the Food Expo sessions, contact DESE – FNS at 573-751-2646 or

For registration questions contact the MU Conference Office at 573-882-4349 or


The USDA Food Expos are an opportunity for food service directors (FSD)/head cooks to meet with DESE – Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) and learn more about the USDA Foods Program offered in Missouri. 

Each location will consist of three sessions.   
1. Cooking With Commodities:  Expo participants will get the chance to learn more about “cooking with commodities” in a session taught by Lisa Farmer from the MO Department of Health and Senior Services.  This session will teach you how to incorporate more fruits, vegetables, whole grain rich foods, and meat/meat alternates into school menus.     

2. Informational Meeting/Presentation:  DESE – FNS will provide information concerning current practices for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) participating in the USDA Foods Program.  Updates affecting the ordering of USDA Foods for SY 18-19 and a look into the future of ordering USDA Foods will be shared.  

3. Food Show/Processing Packet Help Session:  Processed food items offered for SY 18-19 will be available for sampling and comparison against similar approved processed end products.  While the food show is occurring, LEAs will have the opportunity to work through the annual USDA Foods Packet with DESE – FNS personnel to ensure desirable quantities of processed items for SY 18-19 are submitted.  Spreadsheets and other helpful tools will be explained for easy use.

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