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The following tools have been developed to help school nutrition programs communicate effectively with school staff, parents, and the community about the value of the child nutrition program.

Reimbursable Meal Signage

Iowa Team Nutrition has developed a collection of reimbursable meal identification resources to assist students in selecting their meal choices and will reduce unintentional purchase of food items not included in the reimbursable meal. 

Build a Healthy Lunch 
Build a Healthy Breakfast  
Today's Menu Poster

Component Clings - Post the clings on your serving line to help students recognize the meal components.

Make a Meal Signage

Offer vs. Serve Posters and Tip Sheets - Developed by USDA 
What Makes a Breakfast/Lunch? Signage - Developed by Dubuque Community School District 
Reimbursable Meal Posters - Developed by Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 
What is a Reimbursable Meal? - Information sheet that explains offer vs. serve and the requirements to receive a reimbursable meal that can be used in newsletters, webpages, social media, etc. Can be updated with photos and contact information. 
Elementary Lesson - 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.

 

MyPlate Menu Templates

Menu templates that include MyPlate, jokes, and nutrition tips. They are easy to download and use in Word and then save as a PDF for sharing. Customize with school name, month, and additional information.

Lime Green Menu, Green Menu, Navy Menu, Orange Menu, Purple Menu, Blue Menu, and Brown Menu

Program Promotion

Resources to help school nutrition programs communicate with their school board, administrators, and the community about the needs and value of child nutrition programs:

Student Engagement

Parent Resources

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 27, 2022 at 8:16am.