This page introduces curricula, training videos and additional resources for child nutrition professionals. To find delicious recipes adapted for school cafeterias that follow USDA guidelines, click here.


Food Prep and Safety Videos

Training Materials
Mise En Place (pdf) Download
Food Safety for Fresh Prep (pdf) Download
Basic Vegetable Cookery (pdf) Download
Intro To Grains (pdf) Download
Fruit and Veggies 101 (pdf) Download
Mise En Place Worksheet (pdf) Download
Herbs and Spices (pdf) Download
Knife and Cooking Skills for Foodservice (pdf) Download
It's All About Flavor (pdf) Download
National Foodservice Management Institute- Produce Safety University A series of resources on produce safety that describe best practices for receiving, storing, handling, and purchasing fresh and fresh-cut produce through videos, fact sheets, and PowerPoint presentations. Visit
National Foodservice Management Institute- Culinary Techniques Culinary Techniques for Healthy School Meals presents step-by-step food preparation techniques to produce healthy and delicious school meals. Visit
Wake Up Your Senses (pdf) Download

Nutrition and Menu Planning

Child Nutrition Overview

Tips and Tools
Nutrition Education and Meal Pattern (pdf) Download
USDA Child Nutrition Food Buying Guide The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs has all of the current information in one manual to help you and your purchasing agent 1) buy the right amount of food and the appropriate type of food for your program(s), and 2) determine the specific contribution each food makes toward the meal pattern requirements. Visit
Alliance for a Healthier Generation-Smart Snack Calculator Take the guesswork out of nutrition guidelines with 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 entrée item meets the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines. Visit
USDA Healthy Meals Resource System The Healthy Meals Resource System is an online information center for USDA Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) and has been delivering resources to CNP staff since 1995. Visit
The Lunch Box- Tools for School Food Change An online resource that provides free step-by-step guides, tools, and recipes to help schools improve their food programs. Visit
Chef Ann Foundation The Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) actively supports school districts nationwide through grant programs and by providing tried and tested tools for school food change. Visit
Oklahoma Farm to School Farm to School brings Oklahoma grown food into school cafeterias giving students the opportunity to taste farm fresh foods and learn how their food is grown. Visit

Marketing & Smarter Lunchroom

Tips and Tools
Give Foods Catchy Names Activity (pdf) Download
Lunch Line Redesign Activity (pdf) Download
Fruits and Vegetables Galore: Getting students to eat more Fruits & Vegetables Galore is a tool for school foodservice professionals packed with tips on planning, purchasing, protecting, preparing, presenting and promoting fruits and vegetables. Visit
Healthy Food Choices at Schools eXtension Community of Practice This is where you can find research-based information from America's land-grant universities. Visit
Eat With Your Eyes (pdf) Download
Smarter Lunchrooms (pdf) Download
Produce for Better Health Foundation The Health & Wellness Resource Guide for Fruits & Vegetables includes new nutrition facts panels, health and nutrient content claims, social media posts, and healthy recipes with photos for 41 top produce items, with enhanced information about artichokes, potatoes, pears, and 100% Concord Grape Juice. Background information on consumption trends and responses to common consumer questions are also provided. Download

Funding and Grant Opportunities

Programs and Resources
Let’s Move Salad Bars to School A grant program that helps schools expand their commitment to serving fresh fruits and vegetables by implementing salad bars as part of their daily meal programs. Visit
Certified Healthy Schools The Certified Healthy School Program was started in 2010 by a health champion in the Oklahoma legislature. The program is administered by the Oklahoma Turning Point Council and the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Center for the Advancement of Wellness. Certified Healthy School recognizes school sites that are working to improve student and employee health by providing wellness opportunities and implementing policies that lead to healthier lifestyles. Visit
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program FFVP can be an important tool in our efforts to combat childhood obesity. The Program has been successful in introducing school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample. Visit
USDA: Grants/Funding Opportunities Find information on specific grants related to child nutrition and physical activity as well as resources to locate grants and information on the grant writing process. Visit
Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools Skoop and the Chef Ann Foundation have teamed up to launch Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. These $2,500 grants help schools increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and veggies and nutrition education. Visit
Fuel Up to Play 60 Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today's youth to lead healthier lives. Up to $4,000 per year is available to qualified K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 to jumpstart healthy changes. Visit
Dairy Max School Nutrition Equipment Grant Visit

Healthy School Food Environment


Tips and Tools
Tailoring the Sample School Wellness Policy Schools play a critical role in fostering lifelong healthy habits in children. Children and youth spend the majority of their time during their formative years at school, where they consume at least half of their daily calories. Studies have shown that students who are more physically active and eat more nutritious diet perform better in school. School wellness policies communicate commitment to students, parents, teachers and administrators healthy environments, healthy students and academic progress are priorities. In fact, all school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program are required to adopt a written wellness policy. Many schools have found using a policy template helpful in writing an effective policy. The attached Policy Development Guide offers an editable version of a school wellness policy that includes all of the best practices for achieving a healthy school environment and that meets federal and state regulations. For schools not yet ready to adopt all the practices the guide provides options to tailor the policy to meet the district’s specific goals and needs. Download
Smart Snack Suggestions Download
Smart Snacks Fact Sheet Download
Healthy Fundraising (USDA Healthy Meals Resource System) Visit