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Supporting School Meals


The resources below include tools to promote and support school meals. It's not just school lunch -- it's supporting a healthier Iowa! Contact for more information.

For Parents

Resources About School Meals

Use these resources to learn more about school meals, view frequently asked questions about school meals, and glean 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

Family Resources:

10 Tips for Healthy Foods Fun for Children

10 Tips for Healthy Snacking Using MyPlate

Spend Smart Eat Smart Website

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!

School Lunch Report:

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center and University of Iowa College of Public Health conducted a study to determine Iowa parents' knowledge and perceptions of the school lunch program and the new school meal patterns as defined by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Iowa parents of school-aged children were surveyed online to assess attitudes, beliefs and practices in regards to the school lunch program at their child's school.  To view the full report, click here.

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.


School Wellness Bulletin Boards and School Signage
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
Cooking Contest
Food Service Director Feature Article Template
High School Classroom Debate on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
Healthy School Celebrations
Build a Healthy Lunch Today's Menu Poster in PPT Slide For Cafeteria Monitors

Comfortable Cafeteria 

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.

Menu Template:

Black and White version
Color Version

Promotional Resources

Downloadable Postcards:

Cost Comparison of Meals from Home and School Lunch
Get Active
Get Active - B&W
Get the Facts
It's Better Nutrition
Its Trying a New Vegetable - pc
Its Trying a New Vegetable - B&W -pc

Downloadable Posters:

Get the Facts
Its Trying a New Vegetable

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on November 27, 2015 at 1:19am.