Rainbow Days by The LunchBox™
Rainbow Day Events are fun way to market salad bars in elementary schools by providing different fruits and vegetables with a variety of color and adding adventure to the lunch period! The events have shown an increase in student’s confidence seeking out and trying new foods, opportunities to teach students salad bar etiquette and increase in participation in choosing from the salad bar! Schools that participate receive educational incentives that include large posters with Rainbow Day logo, aprons for cafeteria staff and roll of stickers for the students. A customizable flyer and tool kit are available to food service directors and managers to help plan the event (see below). The flyer helps market the program and the tool kit contain templates such as press release, volunteer to-do list and produce guide amongst other essential items. Stipends of $200 are provided to help defray food cost to purchase out of the ordinary produce for students to taste and try!
Register each school site separately. Thank you!
Since the start of Rainbow Days in 2013
- 21,000 school children have participated in Rainbow Day Events and were exposed to a variety of fruits and vegetables through Missouri schools’ salad bars.
- 94 simple, creative, adventurous events hosted by YOU!
Rainbow Days Events 2014-2015 - Testimonials/Comments
"Our children had a good time with the Rainbow theme and all of the colorful selection of fruits and vegetables".
- Brenda Cox, Korte Elementary, Independence School District
The students were very excited about the rainbow salad bar. They wanted to know if we can do this every week! We are going to expand our current salad bar selections to include some of the students’ favorites.
- Dena French, Valley Park Elementary, Valley Park School District.
"The kids loved the changes on salad bar ex: cucumbers instead of shredded carrots. It’s nice to see something different instead of the same salad bar stuff everyday!"
- Angie A., Luff Elementary, Independents School District
This was the most wonderful day in the 33 years I have worked in food service. These were 3, 4, and 5th graders and so very excited to have something so beautiful just for them. They wanted to know how it all happened and if we could do it at least once a week. Parents really enjoyed it as well. So much fun to see kids eat foods that are good for them.
- Anna Williams, Bolivar Intermediate School, Bolivar R1
"The kids loved Rainbow Day and I learned my students love cucumbers. Who knew!"
- Bridget T., Spring Branch Elementary, Independence School District
"The students picked the Rainbow cauliflower and loved it! They were so excited to try new things!"
- Kelly Bristow, Commons Lane Elementary, Ferguson- Florissant School District
"The Rainbow Days celebration included dressing up in customs, daily sampling from our Chef table, nutrition education with a dietetic intern, Parent Day for lunch, and many choices of colorful fruits and vegetables in the cafeteria!”
- Robin Sutton- Food Service Director, Hancock Place School District
"Event was a lot of fun. Students were trying colored cauliflower. They were proud to wear their stickers out of the cafeteria."
- Kelly Bristow, Duchesne Elementary, Ferguson-Florissant School District
"The students LOVED the yellow peppers. They also loved the stickers. The students were so excited for the day."
- Kelly Bristow, Combs Elementary, Ferguson-Florissant School District
"Another great event! It really gave students the courage to try new fruits and vegetables."
- Kelly Bristow, Walnut Grove Elementary, Ferguson-Florissant School District
"This was a great event!! We were so excited to share with our students all the exciting foods from the Rainbow and get them excited about it!"
- Terry Atteberry, Eldon School District, Upper Elementary
"Event was great! Students of all ages were so excited to try new items, even purple carrots. The stickers were great encouragement."
- Kelly Bristow, Cool Valley Elementary, Ferguson- Florissant School District
"Our students looked forward to this day and loved it when it arrived!! They tried purple cauliflower!! They ate up the melon and blueberries! We talked about "eating a Rainbow". They had a blast and learned a lot! Thank you for this opportunity to teach our kids to be healthy and love healthy food!"
- Terry Atteberry, Eldon School District, Couth Elementary
Download Instructions and Materials
- The LunchBox™ Healthy Tool Guide
- The LunchBox™ Healthy Tool Guide
- Rainbow Day Flyer (Customize)
- Rainbow Day Mini Poster (8” x 11 ½”)
This project has been funded at least in part with federal funds from the U.S Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.