School Foodservice

Lunch TraySchool Foodservice is an integral part of a healthy school environment. The cafeteria plays a central role in educating and modeling healthy behavior and can serve as a learning lab for nutrition education.

Dairy Council of California partners with school nutrition service staff to implement school wellness policies, create healthier lunchrooms and draw links to nutrition education in the classroom and at home. Plus, we provide resources to School Foodservice directors on the value that Milk and Milk Products bring to school nutrition and ideas for incorporating milk into school meals.

Contact us for additional resources or learn what other dairy organizations offer. 

The Role Milk Plays in School

If you need research and resources to share the value that milk brings to school nutrition, feel free to start with this list then Contact Us if you have any additional needs or questions. 

Nutrition Lesson Plans

Our K-12 sequential curriculum, turnkey nutrition lesson plans are:

  • easy to teach
  • aligned to standards
  • proven to influence students' healthy choices
  • focused on all five food groups
  • FREE to California Teachers

Discover how you can join the movement, designed by researchers at the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, to encourage children to make healthier food choices.

Encourage students to drink their milk by showing them where it comes from. Free cafeteria poster download.

Learn how Dairy Council of California partners with your school to create a comprehensive farm-to-school program.

Professional Standards

Are you looking for quick and easy ways to fulfill your Professional Standards?

Use the No Time to Train Manual created by Cornell University to help support your Professional Standards Training for Module 4000: Communications & Marketing (Smarter Lunchroom-4160 and Customer Service-4130).

Cooking With Kids In the Classroom

Extend classroom nutrition education with healthy recipes you can prepare in the classroom. From math to science, even social studies, cooking can reinforce common concepts and education standards. Click here for more ways teachers and parents can reinforce nutrition education lessons with healthy classroom parties.

These easy recipes were developed for classroom use. Some require cooking while others are non-cook options. The recipes include simple instructions for students and are available in both English and Spanish. By inviting parents to help, cooking in the classroom can be a fun way to increase parent involvement, reinforce nutrition education lessons and introduce students to healthy recipes. 

Classroom Recipes, No Cooking Required

Anytime Fruit Shake
Dunkin’ Vegetables
Mini Peanut Butter Sandwiches
Vanilla Pudding

Classroom Recipes, Cooking Required

Burritos Buenos
Easy Cheesy Enchiladas
French Toast
My Very Own Pizza

For more tips or ideas on cooking with children, check out Hey Kids, Let’s Cook. This innovative, nutrition-focused cooking show on PBS was created just for kids and teens.