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
It is mandatory for all Victorian Government schools, and is strongly recommended for Independent schools and Catholic schools.
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.
Get on top of food safety and food allergies in your school canteen with these helpful sites.
Canteen buyers guides
Recipe costing template
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.
Canteen survey for students (WA School Canteen Association - opens in a new window)
Get some inspiration to plan your next healthy menu!
These examples meet the School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy because they only contain Everyday (Green) and Select Carefully (Amber) options, without any Occasionally (Red) items or confectionery and high sugar content soft drinks (Black).
Check out our simple yet tasty menu, with some fun meal names to make healthy foods more appealing to younger students.
Open only one day a week, this canteen offers a variety of freshly made options, such as sandwiches, sushi, burritos, and baked potatoes. Plus plenty of fruit and vegetable snacks.
This menu includes larger portions for older students, and includes options for toppings and meal combos, which will empower teenagers to make healthier personal choices.
Action plan template
Phase in, phase out template
'At a glance' food and drink planner (A3 poster)