Preparation and Serving

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Bar Guide (PDF | 15.7 MB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

An extensive guide for creating and maintaining a school produce bar.


Salad Bars in School Nutrition Programs - Webinar

National Food Service Management Institute.

This Webinar identifies resources to assist in planning successful salad bars that contribute to reimbursable meals in school nutrition programs. Food safety and financial management issues are also covered.


Salad Bars: The Lunch Box Guide (PDF | 2.63 MB)

The Lunch Box (Food, Family, Farming Foundation).

This guide serves as a handbook for salad bar implementation, covering a variety of related topics.


Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Toolkit

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

This program provides all students in selected elementary schools with high free and reduced price enrollment a wide variety of healthy fresh fruits and vegetables. This toolkit provides Webcasts, templates, PowerPoint presentations, fact sheets and resources from state agencies.


Fruits and Vegetables Galore: Helping Kids Eat More

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Fruit and Vegetables Galore is a tool for school food service professionals packed with tips on planning, purchasing, protecting, preparing, presenting, and promoting fruits and vegetables.


Jazz Up Your Menu With Fruits (PDF | 2.03 MB)

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

This fact sheet offers strategies for preparing and serving fruits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


Vary Your Vegetables (PDF | 1.56 MB)

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

This fact sheet offers strategies for preparing and serving vegetables consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


Culinary Techniques for Healthy School Meals - Preparing Vegetables

National Food Service Management Institute.

Learn how to prepare nutritious vegetables for your school nutrition program. This lesson describes steaming, stir-frying, and roasting vegetables. Seasoning ideas help to reduce the use of salt, butter, and margarine in vegetable preparation.


Culinary Techniques for Healthy School Meals - Preparing Fruits

National Food Service Management Institute.

This lesson demonstrates how to prepare fruits in the school nutrition environment that will improve their quality, variety, and appeal.