The Maine DOE Child Nutrition team has been working on creating resource materials to advocate for and promote participation in school meal programs. The project is aimed to support the DOE’s goal to combat childhood food insecurity by ensuing all Maine children have access to healthy school meals. The child nutrition team has released a new resource to be used by classroom teachers as a tool to support these goals as well.
The resource contains information on the benefits of school meal programs and specific ways teachers can promote these programs. It includes comprehensive information, tips, and nutrition talking points that teachers can incorporate in their classrooms. We hope this can serve as a tool to spread a positive message about nutrition programs, and end the lunchtime stigma many students face.
Here is the link to this resource: https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/Teacher%20Meal%20Participation%20Promotion.pdf
The link can be downloaded and printed, or distributed to teachers digitally.
This link can be distributed to classroom teachers to spread a positive message about our child nutrition programs and increase student participation! School meals are a vital learning tool for our students’ success, and we are looking forward to further spreading this message across our state’s classrooms and cafeterias! Additional meal participation promotional materials is forthcoming and will be made available on the Child Nutrition website.
Any questions can be directed to Caroline.firstname.lastname@example.org (AmeriCorps VISTA––Ending Hunger in Maine)