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2016 Annual Report

School Food Programs from Minnesota to Guatemala

Guatamela representatives inspecting gardenIn September, Extension Center for Family Development led a delegation of professionals who can influence Guatemala’s school food services on a learning tour around the state. Currently Guatemala does not have a standardized school food system.

Officials also learned about two FD training programs: Workshops for School Foodservice Professionals and Nutrition Building Blocks for Great Trays®. These state and nationally recognized programs for school foodservice professionals help schools implement national standards for including healthier foods in school meals. Through this partnership, we have positively influenced promising school nutrition practices three thousand miles south of Minnesota.

Watch the delegation’s visit to Bemidji High School in this news story from Lakeland Public Television.

Related Resources

Family Development Hosts Visitors from Guatemala — Read the Family Matters blog entry about our hosting experience.

Great Trays® Toolkit for School Foodservice — Tools to plan kid-tested menus, save money on food purchasing, and “nudge” students toward healthier choices.

Workshops for School Foodservice Professionals — Workshops on serving fruit and vegetables and lowering sodium in your cafeteria.

Healthy Food Choices in SchoolseXtension.org — This resource area empowers school food service directors and staff, school administrators, teachers, health professionals, and wellness committees to make changes that encourage children to make healthier food selections in school food environments.

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