School meal programs serve many diverse communities with a variety of dietary needs and preferences. The school menu is a great place for students and families to see themselves reflected when meals relevant to their culture are included. Offering culturally inclusive menu items is also a way for students to learn more about their peers. This webinar (part one of a two-part series) will provide a roadmap for community outreach and engagement around religious and cultural foodways.
Describe at least three religious dietary practices relevant to school nutrition menu planning. Identify two strategies for community outreach and engagement for the purpose of understanding cultural food needs that may influence school menus.
SNA Key Area(s):
1 - Nutrition, 2 - Operations, 3 - Administration
USDA Professional Standard Code(s):
1100 – Menu Planning, 2100 – Food Production, 2400 – Purchasing/Procurement, 3200 – Program Management