Children Eating

Cal Pro NET | California Professional Nutrition Education Training Center

Outreach Toolkit

To Promote California School Meal Programs

Menus & Cafeteria Promotions: Menu Ideas

Great menus are one of the keys to a successful school nutrition program. Menus must offer variety, appeal to students, fit within your budget and meet federal guidelines. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 brought about changes that reflect the most current dietary science as outlined in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and will result in healthier children. Everyone can use ideas to enhance their menus so we have included some sample menus as well as recipe resources to improve the appeal of your menus to students.

Menu Resources

Menu ideas from the California Dairy Council

USDA's Healthy Meals Web site provides resources for menu planning and a section that includes Best Practices

Menu Ideas from Iowa Gold Star Menus

Recipe Resources

USDA's What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl

Recipe ideas from The Center for Ecoliteracy

2017 Best Nine Recipe Ideas from USDA Mixing Bowl