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.
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)
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
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.