Cafeteria Connection

Cafeteria Connection

School meals offer students a chance to select from all five food groups every day. Menus must meet strict standards for nutrient content and variety. While many people are skeptical of school meals, research shows that school lunches are typically healthier than lunches brought from home.

Kids who eat nutritious school meals will return to your classroom ready to learn and able to focus. To make the most of this resource, take action to promote school meals, and “nudge” students toward selecting the fruits and vegetables offered at mealtime. Try some of these ideas:

Connect your students

 

Connect the cafeteria staff

 

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School Wellness Policy information/Know Your Wellness Policy

  • School Wellness Policies must include nutrition standards for meals served in the school district. All districts must comply with federal nutrition standards for school meals, but a district may choose to set stricter policies that exceed the federal guidelines.
  • The USDA recommends that School Wellness Policies include guideline for promotion of healthy eating during school meals through the application of Smarter Lunchrooms principles or other nutrition marketing strategies. Find out whether your district has committed to applying these creative techniques direct students toward healthy choices in the cafeteria.

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