Midwest Menu set for October 5

A project of the Focus Midwest Lab and School Food Focus, the Midwest Menu is an opportunity for school districts across the region to highlight their healthy, local, and sustainable sourcing on the first Thursday of October.


Participating districts will serve a variation on the following regional menu: whole muscle chicken, apples, a vegetable side dish, and a whole grain item. Last year over 508,000 students across the Midwest enjoyed a Midwest Menu meal to celebrate Farm to School Month.


Districts both small and large showed the power of procurement with a regional lunch tray. This year will have a special focus on serving items grown and culturally relevant to the Midwest and Great Lakes region. The Midwest Menu gives each district the freedom to design a menu that best highlights the special local and regional foods available in your area.


Visit the Midwest Menu website to learn more, register, and find helpful resources like school food service recipes and resources to help you purchase local proteins for schools.

Here is a video from 2015 featuring Decorah and Des Moines schools.

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