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.
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)!
Guidance Manuals - 2016
Offering Healthy Summer Meals That Kids Enjoy - A colorful 4-page resource for Summer Meal Program operators, which provides practical ideas for small changes that sites can implement to improve the nutritional quality of meals they serve, and ways to make foods more appealing to children and teens. This handout offers ideas for every type of site, including sample menus, a taste test ballot, tips to engage volunteers and staff, and strategies to incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, protein options, and local foods.
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.
Print copies available from DPI. Contact Shiela.Coulton@dpi.wi.gov to receive a kit. The kit is also available for download from USDA's website: https://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/summer-food-summer-moves.