Children Eating

Cal Pro NET | California Professional Nutrition Education Training Center

Outreach Toolkit

To Promote California School Meal Programs

Resources: Additional

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 brought about changes that will result in healthier children. New resources are continually being developed to help districts enact these important changes and best practices are highlighted on a variety of Web sites. Everyone can use ideas to enhance their programs so see the sites below to get direction on how to promote your program and be inspired with all the possibilities.

On September 17, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service announced the availability of the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Application. The application is updated to reflect the criteria implemented on August 31, 2014. It also provides helpful tips to make the application process simpler as schools strive to be recognized for excellence in smarter lunchrooms, nutrition, and physical activity. For more information about the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms and additional resources, please visit Questions about the 2014 criteria or application can be sent to

Healthy Food Choices in Schools

Center for Science in the Public Interest - Support Healthier School Lunches

Local wellness policies are an important tool for parents in promoting student wellness, preventing and reducing childhood obesity, and providing assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards. To help you develop and maintain a successful Wellness Policy see the new USDA Local School Wellness Policy Resource at

The Center for Ecoliteracy is a strong supporter of healthier school meals. They have conducted hands-on trainings for food service staff using their "Cooking with California Kids" cookbook. Their Web site contains tools for demonstrating to decision makers that high-quality, appealing school meals contribute importantly to academic achievement and student health - and can also be good for district finances. See more at

Back-to-School Resources: Torrance Unified School District developed 3 educational flyers on the new meal requirements for Back-to-School Night and has made them available for general use. The flyers were created in Microsoft® Publisher and you can adapt the text and pictures to include your school district information.

The No Kid Hungry School Calculator shows what it really means for a school or district to expand or modify meals programs. School decision makers can plug in demographic information, explore different ways to expand school meals programs like moving breakfast to the classroom or serving afterschool meals, and come out with hard data about costs, number of students served and federal reimbursement dollars. For more information including the link to the calculator see .

Are you looking for fun ways to promote nutrition and physical activity at your elementary or middle school? If so, download the Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Booklet.

This free events booklet has:
  • Ideas for 20 themed events, large and small
  • Spotlights of real-life events at Team Nutrition schools
  • Handouts, templates, and other free resources to support events
  • Ways to team up for success
  • Connections for school, home, cafeteria, classroom, community, and the media