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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.
- National School Lunch Meal Pattern
- School Breakfast Meal Pattern
- Whole Grain Resource
- Vegetable Subgroups
- Production Record
Menu Ideas and Recipes
Cycle Menu Resources
- Iowa Gold Star Cycle Breakfast and Lunch Menus and Recipes – Includes menu, recipes, shopping list, nutritional analysis, and technical assistance materials.
- Healthier Kansas Breakfast and Lunch Menus – Nutrient analysis, recipes, preparation instructions, serving tips, production records and a purchasing guide.
- Child Nutrition Recipe Box – Collection of standardized recipes by the Institute of Child Nutrition.
- Ohio Menus that Move – Seasonal cycle menus that fit within the USDA meal guidelines.
- Indiana Sizzling School Lunches – Showcases Chef Cyndie recipes along with her tips and tricks.
- 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
- Take n' Talk Grab n' Go Menu – Created in partnership with Indianola Middle School and Iowa Team Nutrition. Contact Carrie Scheidel (email@example.com) for standardized recipes, certification worksheets, and weighted values summaries.
- Waukee Elementary Menu with Kydz-ables Grab n' Go Option
- Saydel High School Grab n' Go Breakfast Menu
No to Low Sodium Seasonings