Welcome to the webpage for school meals in the state of Iowa! The page was created for parents and school staff to learn more about school meals. It's not just school lunch -- it's supporting a healthier Iowa!
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Resources About School Meals
Use these resources to find school breakfast and lunch nutrition information, frequently asked questions about school meals, and helpful tips and tricks for families to eat healthy at home!
The School Day Just Got Healthier – Information on the Changes to School Meals
How Can I Get More Involved with Meals at My Child’s School?
Busting School Lunch Myths
School Meals: Challenges and Opportunities
School Meals: Questions and Concerns from Parents
Join the Conversation about School Lunch
Healthy Food Ideas: School Snacks, Celebrations, & Family Events
Spend Smart Eat Smart Website: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings/
Spend Smart Eat Smart is an online resource dedicated to helping you eat healthy and save money. You’ll learn easy strategies to stretch your food dollars while eating well. Whether you’re interested in recipes, how-to cooking videos or food safety, you’ll find it all on Spend Smart Eat Smart. In addition to the main website, you can ask questions, share ideas and join the conversation on the Spend Smart Eat Smart Facebook page!
For School Staff
You will find a variety of resources to promote your school meals program -- from menu cycle templates and recipes, to step-by-step toolkits for you to use to host events and activities focused on school lunch.
How to Run a Taste Test
Take Your Parents to Lunch
School Lunch Presentation Template
Engaging Student and Parents (including survey)
Newsletter Articles and Template
Food Service Director Feature Article Template
High School Classroom Debate on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
Healthy School Celebrations
Healthy Kids Act Sample Foods List
Dayle Hayes, an award winning presenter from Montana, described how to provide an atmosphere that encourages students to select healthy foods choices and offered tips on how to get students to eat them. The webinar shares ideas on how foodservice staff, as well as administrators, teachers, parents, wellness team members, etc., can support comfortable cafeterias.
Build Healthy Lunch Elementary Lessons and Activities:
Elementary Lesson: This lessons explains the “Build a Healthy Lunch” signage in the cafeteria and is a great way to show support for the school meal program in the classroom.
Coloring Sheet: Students can color all the foods, cut them out, and paste them in the correct part of the tray to match the meal component.
Coloring Contest: Hold a coloring contest where students draw the food items in each of the meal component sections to build their favorite school lunch menu.