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Resources from Smarter Lunchrooms Pioneers

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Why reinvent the wheel? These amazing free resources make enacting Smarter Mealtimes and Smarter Lunchrooms initiatives in schools and other settings easy! We thank our partners and colleagues from across the country for generously sharing their expertise. Some items are excellent examples of our strategies at work in diverse settings; others are programs and tools that dovetail with or support the strategies. Whether you download these resources to use immediately, or just consider them inspiration for an original project of your own, we hope they prove to be valuable additions to your professional library!

To access this extensive resource library, click on a resource category below to jump to the items within that category. Some can be directly downloaded, while others can be requested from the creator. Resources from the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement National Office are given direct links to their pages within this site.

Related webinars from the Healthy Foods Choices in Schools Community of Practice are listed by category here.

These resources are updated frequently, so visit often and follow us on the Lunchroom Buzz for information on new content.

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Smarter Lunchrooms Techniques

Example books of the 60 Strategies of the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard in action, plus other tools to directly use when implementing the 60 strategies


For direct links to SLM National Office resources, click here: Creative and descriptive food names, Flavor stations, Local school wellness policies


Look Book: Photos of Smarter Lunchrooms Strategies in Schools

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement National Office

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Smarter Lunchrooms Strategy Showcase

Jessica Gadomski, University of Illinois Extension

To download the PDF, click below:

To request a copy:

Email jgadomsk@illinois.edu


Project BreakFAST Toolkit and Webinar

University of Minnesota

To access the website, follow the link below:

To view the explanatory webinar, follow the link below:


Let's Eat: Engaging Students in Smarter Lunchrooms Guide

Montana State University Food and Health Lab, Montana State University Extension Nutrition Education Program, and Montana Team Nutrition

The Let's Eat! Engaging Students in Smarter Lunchrooms Guide provides best practices and six classroom lesson plans to engage middle and high school students in creating Smarter Lunchrooms. 

  • Form a School Lunch Advisory Committee (SLAC) that involves staff and students
  • Teach middle and high school students about Smarter Lunchroom principles with one or more of the six lesson plans. The lesson plans can be used in any order and are designed to be used in Family Consumer Science, Health Enhancement, Science or Business classes or with student clubs which have a health, customer service or leadership focus. 

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Taste Test Feedback Forms

Bianca Smith, The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) of Washington State

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Smarter Schools Toolkit

Bianca Smith, The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) of Washington State

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Smarter Lunchrooms Starter Kit – Long and Short version

Michigan Team Nutrition

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To download the PDF (Short), click below:

To request a copy:

Email drzaln@michigan.gov


Recess Before Lunch

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Montana Team Nutrition Success Stories

Montana Team Nutrition

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Michigan Smarter Lunchrooms Success Stories

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Smarter Lunchrooms Moves Success Story Compendium

Michigan Team Nutrition

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DINE Smarter Lunchrooms Success Story Flyers

Durham's Innovative Nutrition Program (DINE), Durham NC

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Smarter lunchrooms signage

Printable lunchroom decoration signs, promotional materials, and eye-catching fun food name labels


For direct links to SLM National Office resources, click here: Signs and labels


Fun Fruit and Vegetable Name Cards

Bianca Smith, The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) of Washington State 

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Meet the Lunchrooms Staff Poster

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) of Washington State

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Reimbursable Meal Menu Poster

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) of Washington State

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Fruit and Vegetable Naming Contest

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) of Washington State

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Fun Fruit and Vegetable Names

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) of Washington State

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Morning Announcement Menu Promotion Examples

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) of Washington State

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Smarter Lunchrooms Promotional Magazine

Bianca Smith, The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) of Washington State

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Smarter Lunchrooms Brochure

Bianca Smith, The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) of Washington State

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To access the website/PDF, follow the link below:

http://www.k12.wa.us/ChildNutrition/Programs/NSLBP/pubdocs/SmarterLunchroomsBrochure.pdf


Tasting Event Promotional Flyer

Chrissa Carlson and Adrienne Stelmach, Maryland’s SNAP-Ed Program

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To request a poster-sized copy:

Email ccarlso4@umd.edu


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social media

Vivid, engaging examples of how Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and other social media platforms can promote and celebrate work in schools


For direct links to SLM National Office resources, click here: Lunchroom Buzz (Facebook, newsletter, blog), or visit us at @SmartLunchrooms on Twitter


Michigan Team Nutrition Facebook Page

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Michigan Team Nutrition Twitter

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Monthly Nudge Newsletter

Smarter Lunchrooms California

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Michigan Team Nutrition YouTube Channel

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Michigan Team Nutrition Youtube Videos List

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Name that Meal: Themes Boost Mealtime Engagement and Participation

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Michigan Boost Breakfast Success Thank You Video

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Amazing Salad Bar Smarter Lunchroom

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Impact of Smarter Lunchroom Coaches

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Partnerships Create Culture of Health

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Partner to Power Smarter Lunchrooms

Michigan Team Nutrition

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School Gardens Engage Students

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Smarter Lunchroom Moves Work

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Smarter Lunchroom Student Team

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Student Input Fuels Participation

Michigan Team Nutrition

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First 5 Riverside

Riverside County Children and Families Commission

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Healthy Eating for Your Young Child

Dairy Council of California

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Michigan Team Nutrition Plate Waste App

Michigan Team Nutrition

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Team Nutrition Social Media Plan and Calendar

Michigan Team Nutrition

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To request a copy:

Email drzaln@michigan.gov


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Professional Development

Training and education for school food service (SFS) professionals, extension officers, and other stakeholder groups  (Note: All SLM training falls under USDA Professional Development Standards Learning Objective 4160)


For direct links to SLM National Office resources, click here: Creating Smarter Lunchrooms online course (2 CEUs from SNA), SLM courses through the Healthy Food Choices in Schools Community of Practice (6+ courses, 1 CEU each from SNA), TAP training opportunities, No Time to Train workshops for SFS staff


Massachusetts Smarter Lunchrooms Movement Standard Operating Procedure

The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition

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Let's Eat: Engaging Students in Smarter Lunchrooms

Montana State University Food and Health Lab, Montana State University Extension Nutrition Education Program, and Montana Team Nutrition

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No Time to Train Model

Michigan State University Extension

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To request a copy:

Email henner@anr.msu.edu


Smarter Lunchrooms Toolkit for Teachers and Administrators

Bianca Smith, Washington State University Extension

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Minnesota Smarter Lunchrooms Collaborative

University of Minnesota Extension

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Smarter Lunchrooms Success Through Collaboration

Kelly Kunkel, University of Minnesota Extension

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Nudging to Health: Promoting Healthy Choices at Your Food Shelf

University of Minnesota Extension

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Ginny Mermel - Unsung Hero for Hungry Kids

Julie Koerber - Yellowstone Valley Woman

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Smarter Lunchrooms TAP Certification Evaluation Questionnaire

Michigan Team Nutrition

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To request results from Michigan:

Email drzaln@michigan.gov


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smarter mealtimes & Early Childhood Education

All resources designed for daycare centers, HeadStart, home-based early childcare, and all other settings serving kids aged 0 through pre-K, including signage


Hip Hop to Health: An Interactive Approach to Health for Preschool-Aged Children

Marian Fitzgibbon, Melinda Stolley, Angela Odoms-Young and Laura Bloomstein, The University of Illinois at Chicago

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First 5 Riverside

Riverside County Children and Families Commission

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Healthy Eating for Your Young Child

Dairy Council of California

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Nutrition Education

Lesson plans and curriculum guides for K-12 teachers, early childhood educators, and SNAP-Ed educators, plus tools for working with students and families


For direct links to SLM National Office resources, click here: all Smarter Mealtimes resources in English and Spanish


Lunchroom Detective Lessons

Michigan Team Nutrition

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To request a copy:

Email drzaln@michigan.gov


Dairy Council of California Website

Dairy Council of California

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Waste Reduction

Signage, communication, training, and other resources for reducing food waste in lunchrooms


Zero Waste Schools

Seven Generations Ahead

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Zero Waste Schools Toolkit

Seven Generations Ahead

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EPA Food Too Good to Waste Implementation Overview

United States Environmental Protection Agency

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EPA Food Recovery Challenger

United States Environmental Protection Agency

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USDA School Food Waste Overview

United States Environmental Protection Agency

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*If you have developed Smarter Lunchrooms resources that you'd like to add to this page, please contact us!