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
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 Elem. Hume RVIII
Rainbow Days has become very popular! As soon as the kids see the Rainbow decorations, they know exactly what's going on!
- Holly Gossett, Hawk Point Elem. Troy R3
I learned a lot with the students. They are beggin to do it again! Lots of positive feedback from parents on how well the students enjoyed it. Thank you for making this available for us!
- Renee Zeilman, St Joseph Catholic School, Westphalia
We absolutely love this program! Students got excited about "the Rainbow." Still referring to "the Rainbow."
- Michelle Hoover, Stewartsville
The students were very excited & willing to try vegetables-vegetables they would not normally try! Students were talking about it for days!
- Dr. Tina Hamilton, Principal Oak Hill, St Louis Public Schools
This event was such a positive impact for the students at Jefferson elementary. The students enjoyed trying new fruit and vegetables
- Dr. Kristen Taylor, Principal
I would recommend the event. The kids really enjoyed it. They were so excited to see all of the produce.
- Dr. Wanda LeFlore, Principal
The students at Stix were very excited about the event! We had some students coming up and asking about seconds. They were also asking different questions in regards to fruit and vegetables.
- Diane Dymond, Stix Early Childhood Center
I loved that we could provide the kids with Rainbow Days - they loved it! It was so much fun watching the kids make comments about all the produce. This Program Rocks!
- Pam Waltrip, Verona R-7 School District
Students LOVED the colors, choices and excitement! The stickers were a hit. Many students tried new items! It was a great day of fun around fresh produce
- Bridget Jordan, 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”)
- Salad Bar Signs and Posters by The Lunchbox
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.