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Four Stars for School Lunch


National School Lunch Week is October 11th-15th. To celebrate this, my students plan and carry out a menu for the school. We plan and analyze menus using the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Food Guide Pyramid and do research on the American School Food Service Association web site, http://www.asfsa.org. After the students have sufficiently learned about nutritious meals, they break into groups and plan a week's worth of menus. They can only use food items on the school purchasing form, and the foods they choose must meet the federal regulations of being a reimbursable meal, have nutritious integrity and be cost effective. The Child Nutrition Program chooses menus from the groups for School Lunch Week and actually serves them in the cafeteria. The planners' photos are posted on the bulletin board outside the serving area along with the menu and the groups' themes.

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