Posters and Signs
The cafeteria isn’t just a place where kids eat, it’s also a learning environment where you can visually reinforce healthy food messaging through menus, activities, and events. Visual food education in the cafeteria can take on many forms—from posters depicting appropriate portion sizes to signs about salad bar etiquette.
Does educating while kids eat really work? Yes! Although the cafeteria can be a hectic setting with limited time, long lines, and social distractions, atmosphere goes a long way in forming lasting, healthy connections with food. Back to school time is a great time of the year to market your program to new and existing students to get them excited about school lunch for the new year! Check out USDA’s Back to School materials and resources to strengthen you school meal program.
For more resources, here is a collection of visuals for the cafeteria.
Salad Bar Materials
“Lettuce + 5”
Place this tent sign on the top of the salad bar to encourage students to make colorful plates filled with fruits and vegetables. “Lettuce + 5” can be developed into a commonly used phrase to encourage kids to choose lettuce first and then add five other fruits or vegetables to their selection.
Salad Bar Topper
Display this eye-catching sign on top of the salad bar to attract student attention, remind them about the correct portion size, and highlight your commitment to farm to school procurement.
“I Tried Harvest of the Month” Sticker
Print sheets of these stickers (you can do online) and give to students as a reward for tasting a locally grown food as part of a Harvest of the Month activity.
Harvest of the Month Collector Cards*
These collector cards engage students in learning about local farmers, farms, and produce in a fun and engaging way. The cards serve as an incentive and educational tool and may be distributed as a reward to students who choose to eat the Harvest of the Month produce, or as an educational tool.
Local Farmer Collector Cards*
Similar to the Harvest of the Month Collector Cards, these Local Farmer Collector Cards are a great educational tool and reward for students. Below are examples from Boulder Valley School District. Team up with farmers where you live to create collector cards that are unique to your district.
Local Food Posters
“What Local Food Means to Me” Posters*
Art Contests are an excellent way to engage students in your farm to school initiative. Boulder Valley School District food services collaborated with high school art teachers to have students create posters with the theme “What Local Food Means to Me.” Winning posters were selected, printed, delivered, and posted in all K-12 cafeterias.