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.

Menu Ideas and Recipes

Iowa Gold Star Menus and Recipes

Includes menu, recipes, shopping list, nutritional analysis, and technical assistance materials.


Consists of a 2-week cycle menu and a 1 week Grab ‘n Go menu that meets the School Breakfast Program meal pattern. The menus meets the K-8 grade group meal pattern with 10 grain oz. eq./week and 400-550 daily average calories/week and offers healthy USDA Foods.  


Consists of a 5-week cycle menu with recipes that meet the NSLP meal pattern. The menu meets the K-8 grade group meal pattern with 550-650 calories, 8-9 oz. eq. grains, and 9-10 oz. eq. meat/meat alternates daily. The menu includes flexibilities in the meat/meat alternate and grain maximums and offers healthy USDA Foods.  

Cycle Menu Resources

Standardized Recipes

  • 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

​No to Low Sodium Seasonings

  • ​Flavor Shakers - Mixture recipes developed by Chef Deanna Olson can be offered to students in a shaker to season their food as desired.
  • Seasoning Mixtures - Developed by ISU Extension
  • Flavor Stations - Developed by St. Joseph's Catholic School - New Hampton.