2014

School Breakfast Reimbursable Meal Identification Signage

Iowa Team Nutrition.

School breakfast signage to assist students in selecting their meal choices and to reduce unintentional purchase of food items not included in the reimbursable meal.


Food Waste Reduction in School Meals (PDF | 595 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

This resource provides ideas on how to increase consumption and reduce food waste in schools.


Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies and Practices

Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity; Maryland State Department of Education.

Child Care Centers and Preschools:
Model Policy (PDF | 418 KB)
Checklist (PDF | 483 KB)

Family Home Daycare:
Model Policy (PDF | 522 KB)
Checklist (PDF | 469 KB)


Family Fun, Food and Fitness Event Planning Guide (PDF | 47.3 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Guidebook provides instructions for planning and promoting a health-centered, family-friendly, school or child care center sponsored event and includes specific instructions detailing both nutrition and fitness activities.


Healthy Kansas Plate Poster

Poster to assist Kansas schools in identifying a reimbursable meal, highlighting products grown in Kansas. Please review the instructions for use prior to using this resource.


Pick a Better Snack (PABS) Fruit and Vegetable Fact Sheets

Iowa Department of Public Health.

Iowa’s Pick a better snack™ fact sheets provide nutrition facts, uses, varieties, origin, trivia, etc. for over 30 fruits and vegetables.


School Breakfast Promotion Twitter Toolkit

Iowa Department of Education.

Toolkit for using Twitter to increase school breakfast participation among teens. The toolkit provides food service directors, cafeteria workers, and school administrators with information and resources to develop and manage their own Twitter account, including how to set up an account, how to develop messages, what to tweet about, and how to increase followers.


School Breakfast Best Practice Guide

Iowa Department of Education.

This guide represents the student perspective on practices related to school breakfast and provides solutions to common school breakfast challenges including: awareness, competing priorities, timing, location, food preferences, and misconceptions.


Iowa Recess Before Lunch

Iowa Team Nutrition Program; Iowa State University Extension; Midwest Dairy Council.

Pilot programs were conducted in 3 Iowa elementary schools. Results per school building and a guide to assist schools in making the determination of moving recess before lunch are available.


Smarter Lunchrooms Resources

Iowa Department of Education.

Resources include presentation slides, self-assessment scorecard, cues for positive communication, and a best practice and implementation guide.


Iowa Team Nutrition Newsletter Iowa Team Nutrition Newsletter

Iowa Department of Education.

Newsletters for schools with information on nutrition and physical activity programs, upcoming training opportunities, and success stories.


Fresh Ideas for Fresh Vegetables (PDF | 4.86 MB)

Idaho Child Nutrition Programs.

Toolkit for promoting and using fruits and vegetables in school nutrition programs.


Farm to Preschool Brochure (PDF | 1.94 MB)

Idaho State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs.

This brochure provides an overview of the Farm to Preschool program in Idaho.


Healthier Kansas Menus

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Breakfast and lunch cycle menus with nutrient analysis, recipes, preparation instructions, serving tips, production records and a purchasing guide.


Chef Designed School Meals

Idaho State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs.

A two week cycle of school meals designed by a chef and dietitian and tested and approved by Idaho students. The menus have been planned to meet the new USDA Meal Pattern and use three to ten USDA Foods in each meal.


Iowa Gold Star Cycle Menus

Iowa Department of Education.

Breakfast and lunch cycle menus that meet the current USDA requirements and feature USDA foods. Includes a 2-week breakfast cycle menu, 1 week Grab ‘n Go breakfast menu, and 5-week lunch menu, as well as recipes, nutrient analyses, and other tools.


Field Trip Meals (PDF | 377 KB)

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

This resource provides tips and suggestions for providing reimbursable meals on school field trips, as well as several templates (DOC | 77 KB): Bag Meal Order Request Form, Bag Meal Packing Slip, List of Students Receiving Reimbursable Meals, and SOPs.


Healthy Celebrations (PDF | 1.19 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.


USDA Foods Recipes by Chef Deanna Olson

Iowa Department of Education.

Chef Deanna Olson developed and standardized ten new recipes for schools utilizing USDA Foods.


Healthy Fundraising (PDF | 3.29 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.


Flavor Shakers

Iowa Department of Education.

Chef Deanna Olson created these low-sodium herb/seasoning mixtures to be utilized in child care and schools to decrease sodium consumption.