A Community Taste Test Event
Get your school's entire community more invested in healthy eating! Work with district-level school nutrition staff to host monthly, nutritious taste tests at your school, and invite students and their families, as well as other community members.
How Does It Work?
A community taste test event is a great way to bring the school community together and have fun trying new things, including foods!
The following steps are suggestions for how to complete the Play — but they can be done in any order or combination and can be altered to fit your needs. If you find ways to adapt this Play to fit your school, share it with us through the Tips section!
Work with students, teachers, school nutrition staff and the principal to identify the best day of the month to host a community taste event at your school.
Consult with your school nutrition staff to identify school food vendors and local supermarkets that might be willing to provide food samples and ideas.
Promote the event to students, parents, school staff and other members of your community. The goal of this program is to encourage more students to enjoy well-balanced, nutrient-rich meals, so advertise the event with posters, flyers and announcements.
Plan your event and work with the school administration and custodial staff to get tables and other resources set up in your location.
Enlist volunteers from students, staff, school dietitians, parents and others who can help with your taste tests. Be sure to pay attention to health and safety issues. Your school nutrition experts can take the lead.
Talk to school nutrition staff about inviting a supermarket's registered dietitian or health and wellness professional to speak about what they do and to talk with students about the nutritious benefits of these foods.
Check out the Tools and Resources below for ideas on getting help from the community and local businesses, as well as information sheets you can share.
Keep It Going
Make your Community Taste Test a semi-annual event! Invite new community members, local heroes and celebrities each time.
Working with your school nutrition staff, prepare school menus that include a variety of delicious and nutritious choices popular in the taste tests, including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein foods.
Spread the Word
Promote your event throughout the school and community. Invite families to attend.
Identify and invite local heroes, celebrities and other community members to your taste test event. Consider inviting a local dairy farmer.
In your invitation, consider asking invitees to share their favorite nutritious food choices with the community. Focus on low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein foods.
Get Others Involved
Everyone can help:
- Get the word out to the community and involve parents in the event
- Identify and invite local heroes and celebrities to your taste test event
- Work with a local supermarket's registered dietitian or health and wellness professional who offers grocery store tours
- Create invitations
- Solicit community donations
- Promote the event among students and staff