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Menu Planning, Nutrition Education & Activities

Helping children get the nutrition they need for health and growth is what summer meals are all about.  Below are resources to plan menus and activities to make the biggest impact possible this summer!

Turnip the Beet Awards - USDA recognizes outstanding Summer Meal Program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high qualify meals that are appetizing, appealing and nutritious during the summer months. Check out USDA's Turnip the Beet! website for some great menu planning resources and the nominations forms.

2018 Award Winners - Congratulations to Stevens Point Area School District (Gold Winner), Montello School District, University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics, Pulaski Area School District, Gundersen Health System (Silver Winners), and Unified School District of DePere (Bronze).

2017 Award Winners - Congratulations to Stevens Point Area School District (Gold Winner), Brown Deer School District, Green Bay Area Public Schools, Pulaski School District, UW Hospitals & Clinics (Silver Winners), and De Pere School District (Bronze Winner)!

2016 Award Winners - Congratulations to Wauzeka-Steuben School District (Gold Winner), Green Bay Area School District (Silver Winner), and Sheboygan Area School District (Silver Winner)!

Meal Service Requirements

SFSP Meal Pattern Chart

SFSP Grains/Breads Chart

SFSP Offer Versus Serve

Guidance Manuals

Nutrition Guidance Manual

Child Nutrition Recipe Box - Your resource for USDA Standardized Recipes for Child Nutrition Programs

USDA Mixing Bowl - A Collection of Recipes for Schools and Child Care Centers

Farm to Summer - Incorporate fresh local foods into your menus!

Summer Food Summer Moves - A fun, hands-on resource kit designed to get kids and families excited about healthy eating and physical activity during the summer months. The kit is designed for use by summer meal site operators and focuses on using music, games, art, and movement to motivate kids and families to choose more fruits and vegetables, choose water instead of sugary drinks, get enough physical activity every day, and to limit screen time. Summer Food Summer Moves Logo

The kit is available for download from USDA's website:

For questions about this information, contact Amy Kolano (608) 266-7124