Eating Healthy (PreK-12)
From healthy food options for classroom celebrations and fundraising, to scheduling recess before lunch, or eating breakfast in the classroom, there are many ways that a school can change its culture to support students healthy eating. Something as simple as offering extra activity time instead of sweets to reward students can make a big impact on health.
Technical Assistance & Resources: Tip-sheets; educating staff and parents on eating healthy and using non-food rewards; on-site wellness consultation; monthly wellness newsletter highlighting research, funding opportunities, and community resources.
Healthy School Celebrations Tips (PDF)
Healthy Fundraising Tips (PDF)
Alternatives to Food as Reward Tips (PDF)
USDA Standards for Snacks in Schools - NEW JULY 2014
The United States Department of Agrigulture (USDA) recently published new standards for all snacks sold in schools, called Smart Snacks in Schools. Please review these standards to see if your school is in compliance. If you need help determining whether or not your snacks meet the new standards, check out the new Alliance Product Calculator for Smart Snacks. Simply enter the product information, answer a few questions and determine whether your beverage, snack, side or entree item meets the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines.
MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS NUTRITION SERVICES
To find out more about what our schools are serving for breakfast and lunch visit Nutrition Services web page.
Farm to School
Did you know that MPS services local food for lunch?
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a federal grant program that provides a fresh fruit or vegetable snack to all students in qualifying elementary schools. It’s a great way to get students excited about eating healthy and trying new fruits and vegetables!