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.

 

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.

 

Food safety and allergies

Get on top of food safety and food allergies in your school canteen with these helpful sites.

 

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. 

 

Canteen survey for students (WA School Canteen Association - opens in a new window)
Survey your students to let them have their say about
your school canteen menu.  

 

 

Sample menus

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).

 

Sample primary school menuSample primary school menu

Check out our simple yet tasty menu, with some fun meal names to make healthy foods more appealing to younger students.

 

 

 

menu coverMarlborough Primary School

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.

 

Sample primary school menuSample secondary school menu

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.

 

Downloads

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. 

 

 

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