Planning your menu

The healthy foods and drinks available in the school environment can play an important role in shaping student’s lifelong eating habits.

Use the information and tools below to plan or review a menu that’s in line with the School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy, including:

  • in-school food services, such as the canteen or tuckshop, curriculum activities, sports days, special events and breakfast clubs
  • external school food services that supply foods and drinks to students in Victorian primary and secondary schools, such as local businesses, cafes, milk bars, caterers and mobile food outlets
  • vending machines.

You can also learn more about the School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy and how to make changes in your canteen with our FREE online or face to face training. Visit Training options for more information.

Or contact us for further support.


Menu planning resources

Introduction to the School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy
The policy assists schools to provide a variety nutritious foods and drinks to students.

It is mandatory for all Victorian Government schools, and is strongly recommended for Independent schools and Catholic schools.



Sample primary school menu


Sample secondary school menu


Steps to increasing Green and removing Red items


Make money not waste (FOCiS, PDF)

Get some great tips on how to make money not waste whilst keeping fruit and veg the heroes of your menu


Canteen buyers guides
Canteen buyers guides or ‘registered product lists’ list healthier versions of commercial food and drink products for school canteens and other school food services.

Recipe costing template
Use this template to work out the cost of making a food or drink item, and set a suitable selling price to make a profit for your canteen.


Choosing a new menu item

Simple steps to select the most appropriate, popular and cost-effective items for your food service menu.


Canteen health check (FOCiS)

The Canteen health check will guide your school through some self-analysis. By objectively considering the situation, you can identify the most important issues impacting on your canteen and then begin considering possible courses of action. 


Action plan template
After identifying areas for improvement in your school food service, use this practical template to plan what needs to be changed, how you will make those changes, plan your resources and estimate your timeline.

Phase in, phase out template
Helps you to identify how you will phase out foods and drinks from your school food service, and how new healthy products will be introduced.

'At a glance' food and drink planner (A3 poster)
This poster helps you select appropriate food and drinks for your school at a glance. It lists many common items under each category, plus information on confectionery and high sugar content drinks.