Rainbow Days by The LunchBox™
Rainbow Day Events are fun way to market salad bars in elementary schools by providing different fruits and vegetables with a variety of color and adding adventure to the lunch period! The events have shown an increase in student’s confidence seeking out and trying new foods, opportunities to teach students salad bar etiquette and increase in participation in choosing from the salad bar! Schools that participate receive educational incentives that include large posters with Rainbow Day logo, aprons for cafeteria staff and roll of stickers for the students. A customizable flyer and tool kit are available to food service directors and managers to help plan the event (see below). The flyer helps market the program and the tool kit contain templates such as press release, volunteer to-do list and produce guide amongst other essential items. Stipends of $200 are provided to help defray food cost to purchase out of the ordinary produce for students to taste and try!
NEW! Missouri’s Team Nutrition Program wishes to learn if organized marketing events of school salad bars have an impact on the attitudes and awareness of students towards fruits and vegetables. There are two parts to the survey: a pre- survey and a post-survey with a classroom section and food service section. Each registered elementary school site should complete the survey at least two (2) weeks before the Rainbow Day event and two weeks after the event. Schools will receive the surveys along with the marketing supplies. Thank you to our schools for participating!
Register each school site separately. Thank you!
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Rainbow Days Events Testimonials/Comments
I was concerned the students wouldn't try the different kinds of fruit but they did wonderfully. Their reaction was better than expected. Everyone was excited and had a lot of fun!. It was a great experience!
- Janet Nelson, Rich Hill Elementary, Rich Hill R-IV
I learned a lot with the students. They are begging to do it again! Lots of positive feedback from parents on how well the students enjoyed it. Thank you for making this available to us!
- Renee Zeilman, St. Joseph Catholic School, Westphalia
Rainbow Day was a great success! Some students experienced food that they had never tasted. In some cases food that they had never seen. Feedback was all positive and a few parents have expressed their gratitude.
- Kim Hoskins, Café Manager-Pattonville School District
This was truly a very fun event for everyone involved. The kids loved trying the different fruits and vegetables and the staff had a lot of fun interacting with the students.
- Janet Nelson, Hume Elementary, Hume R-VIII
The kids really adore the awesome selection of fruits and vegetables that we are able to offer on Rainbow Days!
- Holly Gossett, Hawk Point Elementary, Troy R3
Students were excited to try new foods! They were very open to taking 3 different colors of the Rainbow and hearing how important each different color is to their nutrition. We had staff helping the younger kids and even gave stickers to a few students who had 3 colors in their lunchbox!
- Sue Blumm, Old Bonhomme Elementary, Ladue School District
The students at Bridgeway love the garden bar and have many options to choose from. On Rainbow Days it was especially colorful and the students entered the line with purpose - to choose three different colors! They were excited and loved the pencils at the end of the 'rainbow'. Teachers were supportive and congratulated the students choices as they came through. It was delicious and exciting for the students.
- Bernie McCanless, Bridgeway Elementary, Pattonville SD
The students here are influenced by our enthusiasm to try new foods. We made vegetable boats filled with the colors of the rainbow. We encouraged all the students to try new things and praise those who do. Some have reluctantly taken a vegetable and come back to us after lunch asking when we will be having that again because they really liked it, and that gets their peers wanting to try it as well. What a great opportunity to build relationships with the students as we help to teach healthy eating habits.
- Michelle Dirks, Cafe Manager Drummond Elementary, Pattonville School District
Download Instructions and Materials
- The LunchBox™ Healthy Tool Guide
- The LunchBox™ Healthy Tool Guide
- Rainbow Day Flyer (Customize) New
- Rainbow Day Mini Poster (8” x 11 ½”)
This project has been funded at least in part with federal funds from the U.S Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.