School Nutrition Professionals

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.

Growing Farm to School: Results from the Idaho Farm to School Pilot (PDF | 994 KB)

Idaho State Department of Agriculture; Idaho State Department of Education.

Three successful pilot schools were followed throughout the school year as they developed and grew their Farm to School Programs. These three districts represented a small, a medium, and a large-sized district in both urban and rural settings.

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.

Smarter Lunchrooms: Ohio Project Summary 2013-2014 (PDF | 2.8 MB)

Ohio Department of Education; Office for Child Nutrition.

Goal one of the Smarter Lunchroom Project recruited partnerships with six Ohio universities to assist in the implementation of Smarter Lunchroom strategies and provide training developed by the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs. Goal two of the project collected evidence of effective Smarter Lunchroom strategies to assist with future trainings. Ohio’s Smarter Lunchroom Project began in January 2013 and was coordinated by the Ohio Department of Education – Office for Child Nutrition.

Power Panther Professionals

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

8 to 12-week customizable staff wellness program designed for school and child care personnel. Its ultimate goal is to improve employees' health and well-being while empowering them to serve as healthy role models for young people and other adults.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Nutrition Education Tip Sheets (PDF | 1.6 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Tip sheets provide growing information, nutrition facts, and serving suggestions. Produce included: asparagus, avocado, blueberries, cantaloupe, cauliflower, kiwifruit, mango, peaches, pineapple, red pepper, spinach, and sugar snap peas.

New School Cuisine cover New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks (PDF | 22.91 MB)

Vermont FEED; Vermont Agency of Education; School Nutrition Association of Vermont.

This cookbook was developed by Vermont school cooks and features 80 student-tested quantity recipes. Each recipe is in USDA format and includes a nutritional analysis and crediting information.

Bulletin Boards in a SNAP

Wyoming State Nutrition Action Plan (SNAP) Team.

These bulletin boards can be used in a variety of community settings to convey nutrition and physical activity messages. All the graphics, handouts, activities and background information are provided.

Showcase of Chefs Recipe Book School Day Just Got Healthier: Showcase of Chefs Recipe Book

Michigan Team Nutrition.

These recipes were compiled to accompany Michigan's Showcase of Chefs culinary trainings.

How Our Gardens Grow cover How Our Gardens Grow: Cultivating Nutrition and Learning Through Idaho School Gardens (PDF | 43 MB)

Idaho State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs.

The ten School Garden Grant sites featured in this booklet provide examples of ways to implement a school garden.

Alternatives to Food as a Reward (PDF | 235 KB)

Connecticut State Department of Education.

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.

Michigan Healthy Schools Success Stories

American Cancer Society; Michigan Action for Healthy Kids; Michigan Department of Community Health; Michigan Department of Education; Michigan State University Extension.

Review success stories submitted by Michigan schools and school districts on a variety of wellness issues.

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.

Healthy Celebrations (PDF | 413 KB)

Connecticut State Department of Education.

ReFresh Toolkit (PDF | 4.48 MB)

Maryland State Department of Education; University of Maryland Extension.

A collection of resources to help school food service staff, teachers and parents to support children’s healthy eating habits in the school cafeteria. These resources are built on the ‘the nudge’, an environmental cue that influences behavior change. The cafeteria environment provides multiple opportunities to influence healthy eating behaviors of children.

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.

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.

Let's All Go To The Lunchroom! Video

Child Nutrition, Mason City Schools District in Ohio.

This video was produced to communicate to the students and families in grades 1-6 of the Mason City School District the new regulations and the use of the MyPlate as a tool for healthy eating decisions.

Healthy Fundraising (PDF | 354 KB)

Connecticut State Department of Education.

Healthy Fundraising (PDF | 3.29 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

SMART School Meals Marketing Materials

Idaho State Department of Education.

These posters and brochure outline the changes and benefits of the new meal pattern requirements, and encourage students to eat more fruits and vegetables.

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.

C.H.E.F. Cookbook and Promising Practices (PDF | 10.7 MB)

Maryland State Department of Education.

This collection of recipes and best practices was developed by 9 CHEF teams in Maryland that received mini grants as part of a Team Nutrition Training Grant. The booklet contains over 50 recipes for school food service, and a section of best practice tips.