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Menu Planning a Snap

Great Trays workshops provide a number of tools that offer a fresh approach to menu planning.

Sample Cycle Menu

provides ideas and inspiration as you work to align your menu with the new USDA rule on school meal programs.

  • Sample Cycle Menu (PDF: 152KB/6 pages)

  • Characteristics of Your School/District

    allows for an objective assessment of the food service operation, including food costs, staffing, food availability, preparation methods, and kitchen design.

    Simple Scratch Recipes

    have been tested in Minnesota cafeterias for student acceptability, cost and ease of preparation. From Turkey Sloppy Joes to a Spring Salad Mix, any school can add variety, good nutrition and great taste by adding one or more of these recipes.

    Farm to School Assessment Tool

    helps schools determine if their program is starting up, cruising or breaking barriers and identifies ideas for greater involvement in Farm to School.

    Minnesota-Grown Farmer Database

    includes growers and ranchers who sell their products to school districts and other large institutions. Users have access to information about a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, cheeses and honey offered in large quantities to schools around the state.

    The University of Minnesota’s Farm to School Toolkit

    offers resources and support to understand the foods, farmers and processes involved in serving locally grown foods at school.

    Updated Monday, March 16, 2015 at 08:09AM