How to Type & Print a School Lunch Menu

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School menus can contain more information than just the lunch being offered.
School menus can contain more information than just the lunch being offered. (Image: today image by michanolimit from Fotolia.com)

When typing and printing a school menu, your creativity can come to the fore. A more attractive, well thought-out menu can bring you extra customers, and using a bright color base instead of plain white paper will draw the eye to your particular lunch line. A boring menu can be jazzed up simply by describing the food in a different way, or by adding a sense of occasion to the lunch by creating a theme.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet
  • Microsoft Word
  • Printer
  • Colored paper
  • Laminating machine if necessary

Log onto the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition website for guidelines on menu planning. Write down the entire menu you have planned for the week. For each day, or for each cafeteria line, choose a theme and give it an interesting name. For example, the USDA website suggests using "Build Your Own Superburger Day," instead of the boring "Hamburger Day." Put as much detail in the menu as possible in order to make the food sound more appetizing. For example, instead of "Hamburger," write "Hamburger with cucumber, lettuce and mayo, served with crispy French Fries." If you are feeling particularly adventurous, details of the health benefits of particular foods can be added to the menu. For example, if nectarines are on the menu, note that they are high in fiber.

Use Microsoft Word to type your menu. Type out the menu in order, starting with the theme of the day. Group the different courses into sections and always end on desserts. Keep each themed menu to one page for ease of reading in the lunch line.

Separate the sections using lines or stars so that the kids can read it easily. Symbols such as stars can be found on the toolbar under "insert symbols," and lines can be drawn under sections by holding down shift and pressing the dash button.

Change the font of the typing, which is generally set to "size 12" and "Times New Roman" as a default. This can be done by changing the settings on the toolbar. Make the theme the largest font so it stands out. Don't choose a complicated font if the menu will be hard to read, especially if the menu is for younger children. Keep it simple and clear.

Load the colored paper into the printer and press print. Run the finished menus through a laminating machine if you want to keep the menus to use again.

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