Pick A Better Snack

Funded through Iowa Department of Public Health

Get great information from our Pick A Better Snack group here in Linn County!

Melissa, Nathan, and Laura work in schools to show kids what wonderful foods are out there. 

Their monthly newsletter that they send out can be found here!


Staticistics Form for Teachers

Find the fillable form here

When done do a file save as with school name and teacher name in title
then email to Ann Torbert at atorbert@iastate.edu


Black Bean Information:

For Teachers - Click Here

For Parents - Click Here

Rice and Bean Powerpoints
Tasting Facts
 --- Tasting Ratings

Recipes straight from the Pick A Better Snack Team


From the Garden:

Many of our schools in the Pick A Better Snack program have exciting school gardens allowing students to learn how vegetables grow.  Students learn that vegetables don’t just show up at a grocery store.  Students also sample the vegetables.  Gardens also allow for science to happen in real time… when it is least expected.  The garden at Grant has some unwanted insects, but due to the end of the growing season, we decided to leave them for students to discover.  Here is a hornworm.  Students at Grant got to learn about hornworms.

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