CACFP Online Modules

Nebraska Team Nutrition is providing additional free training for CACFP centers and day care homes to support them in providing healthy, balanced meals and snacks to the children and adults they serve. Trainings can be completed on your own time and include a training video and printable resources and links.

Moodle Link

Topics include:

Whole Grains  

  • Providers will learn about the difference between whole grains and refined grains and learn about the benefits of serving more whole grain and whole grain-rich items to the children
  • opping with the season, and ideas for encouraging children to make half of their plate fruits and vegetables. The module will detail the benefits of a diet rich in produce and all of the nutrients provided by these items. Image: Fruits&Vegetables

   Serving Milk 

  • This module reviews the fluid milk requirements for different age groups and discusses the use of creditable substitutions in the CACFP meal pattern. Image: ServingMilk

   Meat and Meat Alternates 

  • In the new CACFP guidelines many meat alternates are now creditable meal components. Providers will lean about the benefits of adding these diverse and low cost options into their menus and the important of consuming lean protein items. Image: Meat&MeatAlternates

   Reading Food Labels   

  • There are many different labels on food packages. This module reviews common food labels on the front, back, and side of packaged foods and describes how to locate key nutrient information. Providers will learn about what information is required on a food label and discuss the updates to the nutrition facts label. Image: NutritionLabels

   Feeding Infants

  • Infant age groups have simplified and there are new recommendations for infant age groups. Providers will learn about the benefits of breastfeeding and receiving reimbursement for women that breastfeed at your facility or provide expressed breast milk for their infant. This module also addresses developmental readiness for introducing solid foods. Image: Infant MealPattern

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Christy Burger with Team Nutrition at

Eat Family Style Dining

Ecological Approach to Family Style Dining (EAT FSD) is a research initiative at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The EAT FSD approach provides holistic training for childcare providers for meeting the recommendations for feeding young children (2-5 years) to decrease the incidence of childhood obesity. Family style dining (FSD) is a widely recommended practice for feeding children in childcare. During family style dining, providers sit and eat meals together with children and children select their own portions and serve themselves.

The EAT Curriculum includes 7 interactive, online lessons, each lesson takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete. Throughout the lessons, you will watch short videos and practice easy strategies to empower yourself to practice FSD and transform your mealtime to be the most enjoyable part of the day!

Topics include:

  1. Parent engagement
  2. Modeling healthy eating
  3. Supporting peer modeling
  4. Children serving themselves
  5. Praising children for trying new foods
  6. Sensory nutrition education
  7. Supporting self-regulation

For more information, please contact Dipti Dev with University of Nebraska-Lincoln at





Eat Play and Grow


Eat Play Grow

Eat Play Grow is an early childhood health curriculum that teaches children and their caregivers how to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. The curriculum offers a series of 11 healthy lifestyle lessons with hands-on activities, essential facts, and simple strategies that make healthy choices fun and easy to include in daily routines. Each educational lesson addresses the multiple ways children learn through storytelling, art-making, and music and movement activities to teach the importance of making positive choices in the areas that most affect health.

Topics include:

  • My Five Senses
    • Families use their five senses to understand how to listen to their body’s nutrition and physical activity needs.
  • GO, SLOW, WHOA!            
    • Families learn the three We Can! food categories and how to recognize foods that are better choices for a healthy body.
  • Fabulous Fruits
    • Families learn the importance of eating a variety of fruit every day as they learn to categorize, count, and sort fruit choices.
  • Move to the Beat
    • Families learn the importance of physical activity and are introduced to heart health through music, rhythm, and physical activity.
  • Energy Balance
    • To attain a healthy weight, families learn energy in (foods eaten) must balance with energy out (physical activity).
  • I Love My Veggies!
    • Families learn the importance of eating vegetables every day as they explore color, textures, and patterns, and learn new vocabulary.
  • Perfect Portion
    • Families learn the important connection between portion control and healthy meals.
  • Dem Bones
    • Families are introduced to the skeletal system and the importance of calcium to build strong bones.
  • Healthy Beverages
    • Families discover the benefits of drinking fat-free or low-fat milk and water instead of sweetened beverages.
  • Smart Sleep
    • Families learn that developing a healthy sleep routine is as important as proper nutrition and physical activity.
  • Family Meal
    • A chef-led class provides strategies for creating an easy, well-balanced, affordable meal, and a positive meal time environment.


For more information, please contact Christy Burger with Team Nutrition at

Nebraska Team Nutrition is working to train childcare providers on using and implementing EatPlayGrow in classrooms across the state.


Tutorial for FFVP Claim

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Nebraska SFSP Application Training Video

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USDA Application Materials

Forms & Resource Center

Application Materials in Alternate Languages

Note: When using the following prototype materials from USDA, be sure to add the current reduced price income guidelines in the appropriate chart.

Spanish Application for 2017-18 School Year:

Attachment C – Spanish Free and Reduced Price School Meals Applicationpdfdoc
Attachment B – Spanish Letter to Houseold doc

Attachment D – Spanish Approval – Denial Letter

Attachment D-3 – Spanish Notice of Change in Benefits doc
Attachment E – Spanish Computing Income for Self-Employed Individuals doc
Attachmeent L – Spanish Sharing Information with Other Programs doc

Verification Materials

Attachment F – Spanish Verification Selection Letter doc
Attachment G – Spanish Verification Results Letter doc

Medical Statement


Other Protoype Applications Available:

Reviewing the Basics of Verification

Reviewing the Basics of Verification

Verification is the confirmation of eligibility for free and reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. All school districts participating agree to comply with all verification requirements by November 15 of each year. Refer to the Eligibility Manual for School Meals, Federal Policy for Determining and Verifying Eligibility (revised June 29, 2017) for guidance.

Let’s review the basics:

    • An application counts as one application, household applications are required.

    • Remove any applications that contain a student who is on the “Qualified Student List Directly Certified as Free” keep these application in a separate file. These applications should not be a part of the verification pool.

    • Denied applications, while they must be kept on file, are not part of the verification pool.

    • An Alternate-Random sample of three percent must be chosen. The maximum number of applications selected for verification cannot exceed the 3% sample size. All decimals must be rounded up. For example: 110 applications x .03 = 3.3. Four applications would need to be verified. Every school district must verify at least one application. School districts who had a non response rate of 20% or more last year must select the required 3% sample from the Standard-Error Prone applications. Standard-Error Prone applications are those applications within $1,200 of the annual income guidelines.

    • A school district may verify questionable applications for cause. However, any verification done for cause must be in addition to the three percent random sample.

    • Direct Verification is an option schools may use to verify household applications by uploading the sample selection into the Direct Verification screens provided in the online Coylar System. Instructions for using the Direct Verification process are posted on our website. Click Link

    • Verification must be completed for all households notified of their selection for verification.

    • Households that do not respond to the request for verification information must be contacted a second time by mail, phone, fax, email or personal contact. The second contact must be documented on the Verification Tracker, Attachment H-2.

    • Verification reviews family income received anytime from the date of application through the school district’s due date for verification. Families must supply proof of all forms of income listed on their application. Tax returns (1040s) can only be submitted to verify self-employment income.

    • Families selected for verification must be sent Attachment F, We Must Check Your Application, a 2-page letter.

Attachment G, We Have Checked Your Application, is used to notify families of the results of verification.

  • When the verification process detects that a household’s benefits should be reduced or ended, the household must be given a 10-calendar day written notice. The first day of the 10 calendar day notice is the day the notice is sent.

  • Attachment H, Verification Collection Report is a paper copy to guide districts through the web-based verification report. All participating school food authorities, both schools and institutions must complete the web-based report.

Failure to meet the November 15 deadline will result in delayed claim payments.

  • Attachment H-1, Civil Rights Summary, is to be completed by all school districts and kept on file at the school.

  • Attachment H-2, Verification Tracker for School Use, is to be completed for each family selected for verification.

  • Households affected by adverse action may reapply for benefits any time during the school year. However, if benefits to a household have ended and the household reapplies in the same school year, the school district must verify all information on the new application before approval. 

The verification process in not optional. Administrative Reviews (ARs) conducted by Nutrition Services consultants include a review of verification records. If you have questions concerning verification, contact our office at (800) 731-2233.

Nebraska Local School Wellness Policy Workshop Training Resources

Forms & Resource Center

Nebraska Local School Wellness Policy Workshop Training Resources


Wellness Policy requirement: Implementation and mentoring plan

The Wellness Impact

Check Lists for School Wellness Committee

School Competitive Food Guidelines

Non-food Rewards in the Classroom


Healthy Classroom Celebrations

Recess before Lunch

Sample School Wellness Policies

Sample of Letters, Memos and Newsletter

Back to Local Wellness Policy Resources

Smarter Lunchroom

What is the Smarter Lunchroom Movement?
In an effort to support schools with new nutrition standards for schools, which require increasing the availability, variety and quantity of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat- free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals all these changes, the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs has assembled a set of best practices targeting the environment of the school cafeteria to influence and shape healthy eating behavior among the students.  This set of best practices are based on emerging discipline of behavioral economics that combine the behavioral models of psychology with the decision models of economics to help lead students to the selection and consumption of healthier foods.  This new approach is called Smarter Lunchroom Movement (SLM) which is designed to improve school meal participation and profits while decreasing waste by using environmental cues such as better product placement and using creative names for healthier foods.  Smarter Lunchroom Movement provides low cost/no-cost solutions and sustainability strategies include moving and highlighting more nutritious food groups such as fruits and vegetables to make them more accessible to students, highlighting the entrée on the lunch line, and implementation of healthy choices lines. 

Smarter Lunchroom Best Practices
Increasing the number of students that select FRUITS

  1. Employ signs and verbal prompts to draw attention to fruit and encourage students to take some: Read More

  2. Display the whole fruit: Read More

  3. Display fruit near the register: Read More

Fruit Up Front
Increasing the number of students that select VEGETABLES

  1. Create a SNAC (Student Nutrition Action Committee) of students responsible for the naming of and creating signage for veggies.  Read More 

  2. Display the creative/descriptive age-targeted names on a poster or menu board outside the cafeteria: Read More

  3. Give vegetables creative names: Read More

Tips for varying your veggies, variety is the key in Mirepoix
Increasing the number of students that select Targeted ENTREE

  1. Display the creative/descriptive age-targeted names on a poster or menu board outside the cafeteria: Read More

  2. Give targeted entrees creative/descriptive age-targeted names and display the names on cards next to or with the targeted entrees on the serving line.  Read More

  3. Make the entrée with the grates nutrient density the first of most prominent in line.   Read More

Name That Meal
Increasing the number of students that select REIMBUSABLE MEALS

  1. Create a healthy-items-only convenience line or window stocked with all types of healthy foods: milk, fruits, veggies, premade sandwiches and salads, and lowest-fat/lowest-sodium entrée items.  Read More

  2. Move all “competitive foods” (chips, cookies, etc.) behind the serving counter in the regular lunch line so they are available by request only.  Read More  

  3. Place the components of a reimbursable meal at the snack window.  Add a Reimbursable meal “grab-and-go” bag to the window.  Make the entrée with the grates nutrient density the first of most prominent in line.   Read More

Display a Sample Meal to Boost Service and Customer Satisfaction

Increasing the number of students that select WHITE MILK

  1. Make sure white milk accounts for at least 1/3 of drinks displayed in each cooler Read More

  2. Place white milk in every cooler in the lunchroom: Read More  

  3. Place white milk in the front of the cooler, in front of or before the sugar-added beverages: Read More

Smarter Lunchroom Makeover

Getting Started with the Smarter Lunchroom Movement

  1. Complete the Smarter Lunchrooms Score Card.  This tool will help you evaluate your lunchroom, congratulate yourself for things you are doing well, and identify areas you can make even better.

  2. Gather some information before and after you introduce Smarter Lunchroom techniques. The types of data available in your lunchroom include three Types of Data: Video       

    1. Production records: Amount food prepared and served.

    2. Sales records: Able to track particular items that students purchase over time.

    3. Tray waste: Allows you to see what students are actually eating.

Tray Waste Measurement
Organizing Tray Waste Team
Tray Waste Data Collection Tutorial

For more information about the Smarter Lunchrooms movement, visit 

For questions about Nebraska Smarter Lunchrooms, contact Zainab Rida at

Nutrition Education

Team Nutrition Curriculum

Training Webinars Designed for the Classroom


 Discover MyPlate Part I Module

Discover MyPlate is fun and inquiry-based nutrition education curriculum that fosters the development of healthy food choices and physically active lifestyles during a critical developmental and learning period for young children.

Kindergarten teachers can meet education standards for Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health using the 6 ready-to-go and interactive lessons. Children become food-smart as they practice counting, reading, writing, and more


Discover MyPlate Part II Module

Discover MyPlate incorporates fun characters and developmentally appropriate activities throughout the 6 lessons to engage children in: Exploring healthy choices from each of the MyPlate food groups, discovering the colorful variety of fruits and vegetables and how they grow, identifying feelings of hunger and fullness, Selecting balanced meals and healthy snacks, Experiencing the fun and importance of being physically active


Discover MyPlate Part III Module

This webinar will focus on the purpose and goals that Team Nutrition strives to meet. We will discuss the topic of Childhood Obesity and the need to implement strategies like these curriculums to help combat the rising obesity rates in children. A big part of Team Nutrition is implementing Smarter Lunchrooms in schools – which allow for students to get more nutrient rich meals and be more intrigued to want to eat the meals.


Serving up MyPlate Level 1

Serving up MyPlate introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the new MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students will also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy.

Three inquiry–driven lessons help 1st & 2nd graders discover nutrition, explain their understandings, and reflect upon their experiences — all of which encourage a lasting awareness of what it means to be healthy. In addition to subject-driven learning, each lesson offers valuable and easy-to-implement cafeteria activities and home connections.


Serving up MyPlate Level 2

Serving up MyPlate introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the new MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students will also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy.

Three inquiry–driven lessons help 3rd & 4th graders discover nutrition, explain their understandings, and reflect upon their experiences — all of which encourage a lasting awareness of what it means to be healthy. In addition to subject-driven learning, each lesson offers valuable and easy-to-implement cafeteria activities and home connections.


Serving up MyPlate Level 3

Serving up MyPlate introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the new MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students will also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy. Three inquiry–driven lessons help 5th & 6th graders discover nutrition, explain their understandings, and reflect upon their experiences — all of which encourage a lasting awareness of what it means to be healthy. In addition to subject-driven learning, each lesson offers valuable and easy-to-implement cafeteria activities and home connections.


Nutrition Education Resources



Power Panther Preschool Implementation Manual
Eight child care lessons that encourage fruit and vegetable consumption and increased physical activity.


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Healthy Snacks and Physical Activities for Early Childhood Program
Healthy snack ideas, fun physical activities, and suggested books to incorporate into lessons in the early childhood setting.


Mud Pies

More Than Mud Pies
This nutrition education curriculum provides both staff and children with enjoyable activities that encourage positive ideas about nutrition and foods.  The 54 lessons are built around the seasons of the year.  Children will use these age-appropriate activities to learn about growth, nutrition and preparation of foods.


Mini Poster

Preschooler MyPlate Mini-Poster
An at-a-glance guide to healthy eating for preschoolers.


Model Health

MODEL Health! Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity in Children
Lessons for early childhood educators on nutrition and physical activity, with an emphasis on role modeling.


Color Me Healthy

Color Me Healthy:Preschoolers Moving and Eating Healthy
Healthy eating and exercise program for 4 and 5 year-olds in the preschool classroom. Recipes, songs, and parent.


Elementary School


Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten 
Discover MyPlate is fun and inquiry-based nutrition education that fosters the development of healthy food choices and physically active lifestyles during a critical developmental and learning period for children — kindergarten.



Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum Grades 1-6 
Serving Up MyPlate is a collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy. 



Great Garden

The Great Garden Detective Adventure
A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum for Grades 3 and 4 is an eleven-lesson curriculum guide that includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers



Dig In

Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up
Dig in is a curriculum guide that uses ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables


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Nutrition Education Program (NEP School Enrichment Kit for Elementary Schools
NEp Promotional Flyer.pdf
Due to special grant funding, this FREE program is only available to elementary schools where 50% or more of the students participate in the free and reduced price school lunch program. Please click on the following link for a short video explaining the school enrichment kits



MyPlate Blast Off Game
In this online game, students can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity




Power Panther Pals
Power Panther Pals is an 8-week health education program for elementary students. Materials include an implementation manual, student activity book with recipes, PowerPoint slides, and parent newsletters.




Create a Classroom That Moves!
Classroom-based physical activity is an instructional tool teachers can use to improve mood, energy levels, and facilitate student learning. Activity can be introduced into existing routines and transitions, into academic lessons, or introduced as a ‘brain break.’ This kit consists of three core classroom tools: Grade-level nutrition lessons; Physical activity breaks; My Classroom Physical Activity Pyramid.



Nutrition Education Take-Home Bag
Healthy eating and physical activity materials that can be placed in a bag for elementary teachers share with the families of their students



Michigan Team Nutrition Booklist
An annotated list of over 400 books with positive food, nutrition and physical activity messages for children in grades K-2





Nutrition Education of Texas
Multidisciplinary nutrition lesson plans for grades pre-Kindergarten through High School that align with Texas education standards


Middle and High School

Nutrition Voyage

Nutrition Voyage: The Quest to Be Our Best
Lessons for grades 7 and 8 about making healthy food and physical activity choices using a theme of exploration. Includes standards-aligned activities for Math, Science, and English Language Arts.



The Power of Choice: Helping Youth Make Healthy Eating and Fitness Decisions
The Power of Choice was developed by HHS’ Food and Drug Administration and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. It is intended for after-school program leaders working with young adolescents. Everything you need to know is in the Leaders’ Guide, including most activity materials. It’s full of quick, simple things to do with kids; many activities take little or no pre-planning. A CD containing 10 interactive sessions based on six posters. Included in the Leader’s Guide are a recipe booklet, parent letter, and Nutrition Facts cards





SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High School Students
Help students in grades 9-12 learn how to build a healthy diet using SuperTracker. The lesson plans include a variety of topics such as selecting healthy snacks, finding personal recommendations for what and how much to eat, evaluating food selections, and building healthy meals. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, detailed instructions, and accompanying resources and handouts.





Choose Health Action Teens (CHAT)
Program that engages teens in teaching healthy eating and active living to younger youth in after-school programs, summer camps and other settings. Materials are for educators and other adult mentors working with youth, as well as the youth they serve.




Power Up

Power Up! Curriculum Grades 6-8
Power Up is an 8-week health education program for middle school students in grades 6-8. This program encourages students to make healthier food choices, be physically active and to take an active role in their schools’ wellness policies. It also provides students with an opportunity to taste new, healthy foods and encourage positive self-esteem




Integrating Concepts about Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity into Middle School Curriculum
Curriculum designed for educators to integrate into regular lesson plans. Topics include food, food production, gardening and nutrition organized into six nutrient content areas – carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water.





HECAT Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

Tool for schools to analyze their health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.




Healthalicious Cooking: Learning about Food and Physical Activity
A six-week, hands-on, after-school curriculum designed to give 9- to 12-year-olds a fun introduction to preparing and eating healthy meals




Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help
A series of communication tools designed to help you engage teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students in school wellness efforts. To support healthy food choices and physical activity at your school, a school-wide coordinated approach works best. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is providing these resources under its Team Nutrition initiative to help you bring everyone together to promote student wellness and prevent childhood obesity.



Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness (CHIFFF)
Curriculum aimed at 8-12 year olds that targets healthy lifestyle behaviors. Each lesson includes interactive nutrition activities, food preparation, active games, a goal setting challenge, and a family newsletter.



Media Smart

Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!
Interactive after-school education program for youth ages 11 to 13. The curriculum is designed to empower young people to be aware of and think critically about media’s role in influencing their nutrition and physical activity choices.





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