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School Food Initiative Resources

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LiveWell’s School Food Initiative is happy to provide a variety of resources for our partners in school food, including practical ideas to increase school lunch participation, promotional tools to market progress within Food & Nutrition Services, and templates to help organize parents, students and community members to support scratch cooking efforts.

Please contact us for the Spanish or Microsoft Word version of any PDF below.

For recipe and menu cycle ideas, please visit The Lunch Box, presented by our partners at the Chef Ann Foundation.

Featured Resource

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LiveWell’s School Food Initiative partners with school districts across the state, like Mesa County Valley School District 51, to bring cooking back into the kitchen! Check out our new Learning With Leaders video series: our first features Dan Sharp, Food & Nutrition Services Director for D51, who shares his marketing challenges & successes with us.

Hungry for more? Click here to view more helpful school food videos and webinars.

We love sharing our tools with partners!  If you’d like to make modifications to our tools, please make sure LiveWell Colorado is cited (see example) and the copyright remains at the bottom. Example citation: Adapted from LiveWell Colorado’s School Food Initiative compendium of resources & tools.*

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Food Service Director Tools

Advisory Group: Meeting Facilitation

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Advisory Group: Parent & Student Input

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Advocating Framework for Food & Nutrition Service Departments

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Announcement: Family Cooking Class

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Back to School Letter: Year 1

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Back to School Letter: Year 1 (Word)

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Back to School Letter: Years 2+

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Back to School Letter: Years 2+ (Word)

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Campaign Planning Tool

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District Newsletter: Announcement of LiveWell Partnership

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District Newsletter: Holiday Staff

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Event Planning Checklist

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Family Cooking Class Survey

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How Are We Doing? Cafeteria Culture Check-In Tool

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Lunch Invitation: School & Community

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Menu Assessment Tool

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Parent Survey: Post-Taste Test

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Parent Survey: Pre-Taste Test

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Press Release: Year 1

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Press Release: Year 1 (Word)

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Press Release: Year 2+ (Option A – Word)

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Press Release: Year 2+ (Option A)

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Press Release: Year 2+ (Option B – Word)

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Press Release: Year 2+ (Option B)

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Promotion: Points of Pride

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Student Survey: Brief Lunch Questionnaire

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Student Survey: Post-Taste Test

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Student Survey: Pre-Taste Test

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Talking Points: Food Service Directors

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Talking Points: Kitchen Staff

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Trivia Game: Teacher

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Website Content Tool (Word)

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Website Copy: Partnership Announcement

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Website Copy: Partnership Announcement (Word)

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Website Guidelines for Food & Nutrition Services

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Parent Tools

Action Planning Tool for Parents

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Cafeteria Assessment for Parents

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Recruitment Ad: Parent Advisors

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Talking Points: School Food

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Thank You Letter: Option A

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Thank You Letter: Option B

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Student Tools

Action Planning Tool: Students

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Activity: Visualize Your Ideal School Lunch

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Food Journal: Students

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Interview Your School Food Service Director: Students

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Recruitment: Student Advisors

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Survey: School Lunch

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Thank You to District

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Webinars

Back to School: Showcasing Your Healthy Meal Program

Click here to watch the webinar on YouTube or download the PowerPoint slides below.

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Great Ideas! 15 Ideas from Food Service Directors for Food Service Directors

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Plan Your Campaign!

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Put on Your Toolbelt!

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Rules of Engagement: Increasing Meal Participation with Parent and Student Champions

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School Food Initiative Webinar #3: Plan Your Campaign!

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School’s On! Seize the magic of Back-to-School to market your healthy meal program

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Stand and Deliver! Ace Your Next Presentation

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Think Big! Plan Ahead.

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Winning Hearts and Minds with Healthy Holiday Meals

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