Below is a list of useful resources to help your student maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The School Day Just Got Healthier

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides all students in selected elementary schools with high free and reduced-price enrollment with a wide variety of healthy fresh fruits and vegetables.

National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in schools. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides cash assistance to states to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools. The intent of the program is for breakfast to “be made available in all schools where it is needed to provide adequate nutrition for children in attendance.”

After-school Snack Program offers cash reimbursement to help schools serve snacks to children in after-school activities aimed at promoting the health and well-being of children and youth in our communities. A school must provide children with regularly scheduled activities in an organized, structured, and supervised environment and include educational or enrichment activities (e.g., mentoring or tutoring programs). Competitive interscholastic sports teams are not an eligible afterschool program. The programs must meet state/local licensing requirements, if available, or state/local health and safety standards. All programs that meet the eligibility requirements can participate in the National School Lunch Program and receive USDA reimbursement for after-school snacks.

Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill the nutrition gap when school is out and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need. Why? Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues. WDMCS has three types of summer sites:

  •  Open sites: all children eat free in communities where at least fifty percent of the children are eligible for free/reduced-price school meals.
  • Enrolled sites: a specific site where more than fifty percent of participants are eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on applications.
  • Day Camps: participants eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches receive meals free, while all other participants pay for the meal.

Let’s Move – America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids

School Nutrition Association (SNA) is the professional association dedicated solely to advancing good nutrition in all schools. The site includes sections for parents including “Teaching Kids About Nutrition” and “Tray Talk.”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  (formerly the American Dietetic Association) is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy.

Kids Eat Right is a source for science-based health and nutrition information you can trust to help your child grow healthy. As a parent or caretaker, you need reliable resources, and you can find them here, backed by the expertise of nutrition professionals.

Iowa Department of Education – Bureau of Nutrition and Health’s mission for Nutrition Programs is to facilitate and promote quality USDA Child Nutrition Programs that will benefit the education, health, and well-being of the citizens of Iowa.