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Below are resources to assist with implementation of the nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

Resources and Tools

USDA Food and Nutrition Service - Regulations, policy memos, and other nutrition standards guidance materials.

Menu Ideas and Recipes

Cycle Menu Resources

Standardized Recipes

  • Child Nutrition Recipe Box - Provides Child Nutrition Program operators with recipes to prepare healthy and delicious meals that meet meal pattern requirements.

Grab n' Go Examples

​No to Low Sodium Seasonings

  • Flavor Shakers - Mixture recipes developed by Chef Deanna Olson can be offered to students in a shaker to season their food as desired.
  • Seasoning Mixtures - Developed by ISU Extension
  • Flavor Stations - Developed by St. Joseph's Catholic School - New Hampton.