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U.S.-grown rice is a readily available staple in school meals across the country. A versatile ingredient that shines in the center of the plate or as a hearty side or base for an entrée, rice is a fan favorite for both school foodservice operators and students. Students K-12 love the familiarity and flavor of U.S.-grown rice plus the nutritional benefits needed for learning!


Looking for U.S.-grown rice recipes to incorporate into school nutrition programs? Try out some of our favorite K-12 recipes! Each downloadable recipe features child nutrition program (CNP) crediting information, making it easier to add to any meal program.

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I love feeding our students rice because it is such a versatile staple that pairs well with a variety of recipes and it provides the nutrients growing children need to thrive! I love knowing that the rice we serve our students is quality rice that is sourced domestically.

Joanna Carino, Director of Foodservice, Hueneme Elementary, California


Rice to the Rescue: USDA Foods

Unsure of how to utilize USDA Foods like U.S.-grown long grain rice and long grain brown rice? Check out our Rice to the Rescue: USDA Foods video featuring three recipes using U.S.-grown USDA Foods.

Rice to the Rescue: To-Go

Need tips for how to easily prepare school meals for grab-and-go or curbside service? Check out our Rice to the Rescue: To-Go video featuring three easy to package recipes with U.S.-grown rice!

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Rice 101 Cooking Guide for School Foodservice

We’ve compiled everything you need to know for making perfect rice in one handy reference guide. No matter the type of rice or equipment you use, you’ll find the answers here.

Cooking Guide

Cafeteria Posters & Classroom Materials

Teaching students about rice can happen in the classroom and the cafeteria! Browse our collection of classroom educational materials and cafeteria posters presenting nutrition and farm facts for students K-12.

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I enjoy serving rice for a couple of reasons, from a nutritional standpoint the bran and germ in whole grain rice provide nutrients like fiber, protein, antioxidants, and certain vitamins and minerals. In addition, rice is super versatile. It can be served in numerous ways. It absorbs flavors of what it is cooked with making it taste delicious. The best reason though is the students like it and it’s nutritious.

Lexi Edwards, Cafe Manager, Pleasant Lee Elementary, Missouri
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