Melissa Manning, Registered Dietitian

Melissa400The LunchMaster staff dietitian Melissa Manning specializes in child nutrition. Melissa, a mother of two, particularly enjoys making food healthy and fun. For example, in The LunchMaster menus, Melissa makes good use of nutrient-rich, dark-green romaine lettuce. And kids are unaware that her delicious marinara sauce actually qualifies as a vegetable. She believes that if foods like fruit are easy to eat, kids will love them. That’s why our menus feature fresh-cut apples and oranges instead of whole fruit, which can be difficult for small children to manage.

Melissa has analyzed and evaluated the menus of more than 60 school districts as part of her work with California state nutrition auditors.

She also has an extensive breadth of experience volunteering in school gardens and the local food bank, encouraging districts to scratch cook in their kitchens and practice nutrition informatics.

Over the past 10 years, she has brought her child nutrition expertise to creating appealing, nutritious meals for The LunchMaster program.