Des Moines Public Schools’ BASICS Grant funds are used to implement the Pick a better snack nutrition education program in qualifying PreK-5th grade programs. Programs qualify to participate based on free/reduced lunch rates at or over 50 percent.
The goals of the Pick a Better Snack program are to provide information and strategies to help children and their families:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Be physically active every day
- Consume fat-free or low-fat milk or milk products every day
Opportunities are available for in class nutrition education, school wide promotions (posters, books, etc), family/parent night involvement, staff training and more.
For recipes, resources or to learn more about Pick a better snack, visit http://idph.state.ia.us/pickabettersnack/default.asp.
To learn more about BASICS funding visit http://idph.state.ia.us/nutritionnetwork/community_basics.asp.