School Meals – Student Engagement
- Use this School Meals Comment Card to collect student feedback about the school meals dining experience. Comments can be reviewed by a student leadership team or the school wellness team. When a constructive, actionable suggestion is made, share with the cafeteria staff for feedback.
- Alphabetical Descriptors for Creating Catchy Food Names: Research has shown the marketing healthy foods using catchy names that appeal to the target audience can increase selection and consumption of those foods. Get students involved in creating catchy names for items on the school menu to market them to their peers.
- Kids Food Critic Activity Use this activity to get kids evaluating food using all of their senses. Have them complete it during classroom or cafeteria tastings, or when a new item is featured on the lunch menu.
Tasting Event Flyer: Use this customizable flyer to create buzz about cafeteria tastings. Create a catchy name for the featured food!
- Sample Morning Announcements for Promoting School Meals: Get creative when announcing the lunch menu on the morning announcements. These sample announcements will help your students get excited about school meals.
Sample Morning Announcements for Promoting Tastings: Get kids involved in promoting tastings on the morning announcements. Customize the message to include the details of your tasting.
Smarter Lunchrooms Tasting Passport: Use this passport to encourage students to try new or target foods. Give stickers for their participation in tastings or for choosing a target food in the cafeteria.
Printable Edible ABCs “Today I tried…” stickers: Award stickers for trying target foods. Can be used in conjunction with the Tasting Passport.
Printable Team Nutrition Try-day stickers: Award stickers for trying target foods. Can be used in conjunction with the Tasting Passport.
Printable Team Nutrition I Eat Five Food Groups stickers: Award stickers for trying target foods. Can be used in conjunction with the Tasting Passport.