Resources

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The Lunch Box’s Resources section is the central library for all resource tools developed by The Lunch Box team and those shared by other School Food experts around the country. It is a wellspring of tools including evaluations, grant finding and writing tools, feasibility studies, case studies, Farm to School resources and more so you can consider and begin to take action to transform your school district’s food program from a highly processed to a scratch-cooking environment.
Rainbow Days: A Salad Bar Student Activity Guide

Hosting a Rainbow Day at your school can help increase fruit and vegetable consumption at the salad bar, raise school lunch participation, and join food services, school administration, teachers, and parents together for a fun and healthy activity. Download this guide to help you host a Rainbow Day at your school!

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Salad Bars - The Lunch Box Guide

This guide addresses the many areas that districts and schools need to address when considering adding salad bars to their reimbursable meal programs. Areas covered include equipment selection, regulations, purchasing, recipe development, training, marketing and student interface. The guide also links to all the individual salad bar resources and videos on The Lunch Box so it's our one-stop shop for salad bar information!

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10 Facts About Local Food In School Cafeterias

Buying local for your district can be easier than meets the eye. Get started by checking out these 10 facts compiled by the USDA about local food In school cafeterias.

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2011 Proposed USDA Regulations for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

Proposed rule for nutrition standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

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2012 Food Day School Curriculum

Professors at Teachers College, Columbia University, created our unique Food Day school curriculum. The 88-page Food Day curriculum for upper elementary and middle school grads offers five lessons designed to teach children the importance of eating real, fresh food; cutting back on processed foods; and advocating for a healthier community. The lessons can be easily adapted for older or younger students. Teachers are encouraged to use the curriculum on the week of October 24.

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A Checklist for Purchasing Local Produce

Good checklist for anyone looking to buy local produce.

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A Field Guide To Salad Bars In Schools - MN

A Field Guide To Salad Bars In Schools offers a one-stop guide for schools offering this great lunch room program for their students.

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A Growing Movement A Decade of Farm to School in California

This report tells the story of work undertaken by farm to school proponents in California to understand and address barriers to farm to school and of work within the system to promote and expand this exiting state wide program. (Anapama Joshi and Moira Berry)

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A National Health Report from The Obesity Institute
A health report by The Obesity Institute recognizing five areas of work that flow together including prevention and behavior modification, clinical intervention, research, public policy and advocacy, and education and training. Their work is to create an approach to the childhood obesity epidemic in Washington D.C., where almost half of children are overweight or obese.
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