The following tools have been developed to help school nutrition programs communicate effectively with school staff, parents, and the community about the value of the child nutrition program.

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Reimbursable Meal Signage

Iowa Team Nutrition has developed a collection of reimbursable meal identification resources to assist students in selecting their meal choices and will reduce unintentional purchase of food items not included in the reimbursable meal. 

Build a Healthy Lunch 
Build a Healthy Breakfast  
Today's Menu Poster

Component Clings

Post the clings on your serving line to help students recognize the meal components.

Make a Meal Signage

Offer vs. Serve Posters and Tip Sheets - Developed by USDA 
What Makes a Breakfast/Lunch? Signage - Developed by Dubuque Community School District 
Reimbursable Meal Posters - Developed by Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 
What is a Reimbursable Meal? - Information sheet that explains offer vs. serve and the requirements to receive a reimbursable meal that can be used in newsletters, webpages, social media, etc. Can be updated with photos and contact information. 

Elementary Lesson - Explains the “Build a Healthy Lunch” signage in the cafeteria and is a great way to show support for the school meal program in the classroom.

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MyPlate Menu Templates

Menu templates that include MyPlate, jokes, and nutrition tips. They are easy to download and use in Word and then save as a PDF for sharing. Customize with school name, month, and additional information.

Lime Green MenuGreen MenuNavy MenuOrange MenuPurple MenuBlue Menu, and Brown Menu

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Program Promotion

Resources to help school nutrition programs communicate with their school board, administrators, and the community about the needs and value of child nutrition programs:

​Student Engagement

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