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Building better food shelves

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Backpack Nutrition Newsletters

These one-page newsletters are free to use with your school or food shelf’s backpack program. None of the newsletters contain dates so you can mix and match newsletter issues to meet your audience’s needs and interests.

New Newsletters

Preserving the Taste of Summer (PDF) [en español (PDF)]

Quick Ways to Boost the Nutritional Value of Convenience Foods (PDF) [en español (PDF)]

Save Money and Time with Meal Planning (PDF) [en español (PDF)]

A Guide to Safe Microwaving (PDF) [en español (PDF)]

Past Newsletters

Healthier Choices Made Easier (PDF) — Best for distribution at start of school year.

Prepare and Handle Foods Safely (PDF)

Vegetables: The Truth on Fresh, Frozen, Canned (PDF)

Those Fabulous Fruits (PDF) [en español (PDF)]

Make Half Your Grains Whole (PDF) [en español (PDF)]

Choose Dairy Foods for Stronger Bones and Teeth (PDF) [en español (PDF)]

Protein Builds Healthy Bodies (PDF) [en español (PDF)]

Skip Sugary Drinks and Save your Waistline (PDF) [en español (PDF)]

Snacks and Healthier Choices (PDF) [en español (PDF)]

Live Healthier this Summer (PDF) [en español (PDF)] — Best for summer distribution.

Container Gardening: Fresh Veggies and Herbs in Small Spaces (PDF) [en español (PDF)] — Best for summer distribution.

Save Money and Reduce Stress About Family Meals (PDF) [en español (PDF)]

More About These Newsletters

We encourage you to include a second page of local emergency food resources. For an example, see Food and Nutrition Resources — Mankato (PDF).​

These newsletters were developed by Kelly Kunkel, Extension health and nutrition educator; Beth Labenz and Sharmyn Phipps, SNAP-Ed educators; and Health and Nutrition's support team.

Related resources

Healthy School Environments — Join us in making every school a healthy environment for Minnesota's children

Backpack Program Food Ideas (PDF) — Get ideas from our list of foods to send home with kids.

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