Content tagged "national school lunch program"

School Food Waste Prevention Techniques: Tips to Develop a Fun and Collaborative Action Plan

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 20, 2018

The USDA has recently released a guide called What You Can Do to Prevent Wasted Food to enforce food waste prevention, specifically in schools. The guide...

School Summer Nutrition Programs - It's More Than Just Serving Lunch!

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 19, 2018

Many school lunch programs operate year round to serve students enrolled in summer school programs and to ensure that students in the community do not have...

Project 365: a USDA Demonstration Grant to End Childhood Hunger

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: January 16, 2018

In 2016, the Commonwealth of Virginia, with the Department of Education (DOE) serving as lead agency, received an $8.8 million United States Department of...

Part Two: Procurement Regulations Surrounding Local Meat, Poultry, Eggs, and Dairy Products for Your Cafeteria

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 14, 2017

This is the second part of our two-part series about purveying local foods for your school.  Here is the link to Part One: Food Safety Considerations when...

Building Relationships to Support Change

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

We are pleased to announce the Smarter Lunchroom Movement of California Collaborative webinar for all Technical Assistance Providers and those aspiring to...

Introduction to Tray Waste Data Collection Techniques

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

Do you want to dig deeper into understanding what students are actually eating? It’s not nutrition until it is eaten, which is why we invite you to join us...

How to Engage Youth with Smarter Lunchroom Strategies

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

Engaging youth is a critical component to successfully implementing Smarter Lunchrooms Movement and meeting the needs of the SLM customer- the...

The Importance of Lean Protein in Children’s Diets

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 18, 2017

Protein is one of the three macronutrients, types of foods we need in large amounts, alongside fat and carbohydrates, in order to maintain a healthy diet. ...

A Complete Guide to Reimbursable Meals for Smarter Lunchrooms

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

Are you scoring the correct points on the reimbursable meals component of the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard? This webinar will break down the reimbursable...

Smarter Lunchroom Principles are Worth Every Penny: How Simple Lunchroom Changes Impact the School Meal Program Bottom Line

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement champions several research based behavioral interventions in school cafeterias. The two most widely used interventions are...

The Conundrum of Competitive Foods: 3 Ways to Maintain Revenue and Promote Healthier Options

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Food service directors have a tall order to fulfill: they must ensure the hundreds, or even thousands, of students they feed receive meals meeting specific...

How School Lunches Can Benefit Your Child

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

USDA and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) lunches are carefully designed to meet the specific nutritional needs of students9.  By limiting salt, fat, and...

The Evolution of Nutritious School Meals – Yesterday and Today

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

School lunch has always been designed to provide school children with a healthy midday meal, but what exactly is a “nutritious school lunch” and how has it...

Using Veggies from School Gardens in Recipes

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

School gardens are a great way to introduce children to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.  Studies have shown that children who are involved in the...

Show Me the Research! 10 Studies on the Importance of The National School Lunch Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Since childhood obesity has tripled over the past thirty years, critics of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) have suggested that the program...

Changes in School Lunch

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act makes school lunch healthier for our children. All foods sold in schools will eventually have to meet specific nutrition...

More or Less Plate Waste with Updated School Nutrition Policies?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Despite some negative press surrounding the new nutrition standards in school meal programs, many schools have seen a positive impact on plate waste and...

Did You Know? Lesser Known Facts About School Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Historically, school food has gotten a bad rap for being unappetizing and even having poor nutritional value. If you haven’t been in a school cafeteria...

Tips for Writing Successful Grants

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 16, 2017

Grant writing can feel intimidating if you have never done it before.  However, by following a few quick tips and getting a little hands on practice, you...

Sodium Reduction Tips from School Food Service Directors

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 16, 2017

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 100,000 public and nonprofit schools and residential child care...

How to Prepare for a Successful Administrative Review

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

The Administrative Review is a comprehensive evaluation of school meals programs in school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch...

Encourage Healthy Eating Behaviors and Promote School Lunches

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

 Students who eat full, balanced meals everyday are more likely to perform better academically and behaviorally.5  Often, the breakfasts and lunches provided...

Enriching School Lunches with Greater Nutritional and Cultural Values

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

It is exciting to watch school food service staff generate creative recipes to meet the dietary requirements of school lunches. To better enforce these...

Food Service Personnel: On the Job and In the Know

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 24, 2016

School food service directors and staff are expected to nourish students with tasty nutritious foods that follow MyPlate guidelines with, frequently, limited...

First Steps for Successful Procurement in your School Nutrition Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 17, 2016

The School Nutrition Program (SNP) is a complex business operation. Schools across the nation strive to provide nutritious, tasty, quality meals to students...

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