Resources

Related Links

These are just a few of the growing number of nutrition related web sites on the Internet. They provide reliable information and can lead you to many other good sites. But beware out there in Cyberspace. Along with lots of good stuff, there’s plenty of misinformation and bad nutrition advice.

National nutrition policy and promotion (Dietary Guidelines, Food Guide Pyramid, Team Nutrition) and programs (School Lunch, Breakfast, WIC, Child Care, Donated Foods and more.
 
American Dietetic Association – sound nutrition advice, National Nutrition Month and more.
 
Find a farmers market near you.
 
Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the child nutrition programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.
 
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is the national affiliate of MSNA. SNA provides news and ideas for school nutrition programs – National School Lunch and Breakfast Weeks.
 
USDA Food Distribution Program
 
 

Smart Snacks in School

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Smart Snacks in School standards put in place practical, evidence-based nutrition standards for snacks and beverages sold in vending machines, school stores, snack carts, á la carte lines, and in-school fundraising.

Minnesota School Food Buying Group (MSFBG)

 

Great Trays

The Great Trays™ toolkit provides tools, information, and resources to plan kid-tested nutritious menus that meet the new nutrition standards for school lunch and breakfast programs, start and promote farm to school programs, save money on food purchasing, and “nudge” students toward healthier choices.

MN Department of Education Farm2School Links

MDE hosts a Farm2School page to connect school districts with information and toolkits to meet the diverse needs of school nutrition programs, support regional and local farmers and provide support for health and nutrition education.

Understanding of K12 food procurement Report

Eating our Peas and Carrots: Strategies for Expanding K-12 Access to Fruits and Vegetables through Supply Chain Innovation and Investment

  • key trends in the US produce industry
  • how fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables are used in K-12 settings and related supply chain pathways
  • market dynamics around cosmetically imperfect “seconds” for F&V
  • results of School Food FOCUS market research for fresh and frozen produce grown in the Upper Midwest
  • gaps and opportunities for financing food enterprises and building infrastructure for F&V that are regionally grown and processed

Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy

Farm2School website to connect students, parents, farmers, educators and other community members with useful tools and information. The site features an interactive map that shows where Farm to School is happening in Minnesota, videos, articles, tip sheets and many useful resources.

 

Wellness Policy Samples

 

USDA Wellness Policy Samples
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/local-school-wellness-policy

MN School Board Association (MASBO) – Wellness Policy Information
To access the wellness policy in the MASBO website, you will need a school password. Please contact your superintendent for that number.
http://www.mnasbo.org