Montana schools have been super stars in using Smarter Lunchrooms (Behavioral Economics) concepts to enhance their school meals programs by using simple techniques to create a lunchroom and service line which nudges students to make healthy choices.  It really works! 

Try these useful tools to get started. 

Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard

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The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard contains 60 simple, no-cost or low-cost strategies that lunchrooms can use to increase participation, improve consumption of healthy food, and reduce food waste.

Eat the Rainbow Salad Bar Checklist

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Use this Salad Bar Checklist “Scorecard” to assess your salad bar – learn simple techniques to improve variety, enhance marketing and customer service, and increase participation. It can be used as a training or goal setting tool for your lunch program.


A Smarter Breakfast Scorecard

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Developed upon the successful strategies used in Montana school lunchrooms, the Smart Breakfast Boosts Brainpower Scorecard provides simple strategies to enhance your breakfast program.

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Montana Smarter Lunchrooms Success Stories  

See how Montana schools are using Smarter Lunchrooms to nudge healthier eating and decrease food waste in their school lunchrooms.  

Columbia Falls High School 

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Park High School Livingston

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Skyview High School Billings 

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Troy Middle/High School 

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West Elementary School Butte 

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 Outcomes from Montana 2017 Smarter Lunchroom School Projects 

This project was done in collaboration with MSU Extension SNAP Ed Program

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Broadwater Helena MT School Smarter Lunchroom Success

Elrod School Kalispell Smarter Lunchroom Success

Libby School Montana Smarter Lunchroom Success

West Elementary Butte Smarter Lunchroom

Smarter Lunchroom Training Webinar 

School Food Service Managers and MSU SNAP-Educators, please watch this Smarter Lunchrooms Partnership Project Training webinar (Fall 2017) to get started.  Utlize the following resources in creating a Smarter Lunchroom

Contact Molly Stenberg or Team Nutrition staff for technical assistance.