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School Day Just Got Healthier

Students can expect benefits from healthier and more nutritious food in school. Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA), major improvements are being made across the country to transform school food and to promote better nutrition and reduce obesity.


Resources for families, communities and students.


Resources for HHFKA 2010 Nutrition Standards in National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

Sample Menus for the new nutrition standards and meal pattern requirements

These menus were developed by school food service staff participating in menu planning sessions that were held during our summer 2012 HHFKA New School Meal Pattern training series.

They are not Pennsylvania Department of Education menus and there is no requirement for schools to use them. They are sample menus provided to help guide school food service staff.

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Recordings of the HHFKA New School Meal Pattern training sessions are available at the following links:

Documents and other materials:

  • Kansas Department of Education provides sample menus and other resources to help schools meet the challenge of serving nutritious meals that will appeal to students. The menus can be used to apply for the Healthier US School Challenge too.
  • Iowa Department of Education provides the Iowa Gold Star 5-week Cycle Menus. The Iowa Gold Star Cycle Menus are available for all schools to incorporate fully or partially into their school meals program. The 5-week, seasonal menus offer increased whole grains, fruits and vegetables and legumes, optional locally grown produce, and healthy USDA Foods. PLEASE NOTE: the Iowa Gold Star Cycle Menu is UNDER REVISION, to be updated to meet the new meal pattern. The individual recipes can be incorporated into existing menus, as needed.
  • National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI)- This Training resource focuses on Food-Based Menu Planning (FBMP) required for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). It provides an overview of the New Meal Pattern and is part of the Recognizing a Reimbursable Meal training resource. The training can be taught in short intervals or as a 6-hour session. The lesson includes a trainer's script, participants' handouts, and PowerPoint presentation. 
  • The School Day Just Got Healthier this USDA website provides resources to help school food service, parents, school administration, and students prepare for the 2012 changes to school meals.
  • School Nutrition Association (SNA)- The School Nutrition Association, in partnership with the School Nutrition Association (SNA), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), hosted a Webinar Wednesday "The New School Meal Patterns: What You Need to Know."