• Type

    Controlled trial or comparative study

  • Outcomes/Outputs

    Impacts on vegetable intake,Creates behaviour change relating to vegetable consumption (i.e. knowledge skills attitudes beliefs confidence satisfaction etc.)

  • Scale

    Local (within 1 site/town/city)

  • Setting

    Long daycare

  • Population targeted

    Children - early years (birth - 4 years)

  • Focus

    Vegetables within the context of healthy eating

  • Duration

    Short (6 weeks - 6 months)

  • Funding


  • Total cost

    Moderate ($50-200k)


to evaluate the impact of a meal kit style intervention tailored to the LDC setting, compared to standard practice, on the food provision and dietary intake of the five food groups (vegetables and legumes; fruit; cereals and breads; dairy and alternatives; meat and alternatives) to preschool children, particularly vegetables, while in LDC


Evaluate the impact of the intervention on menu compliance with menu planning guidelines.
Centre cook, director acceptability and cost were also assessed.


The menu box delivery service meal kit style meal delivery service long day cares. The service involves a weekly delivery to long day care centres, which includes all ingredients and recipes required for morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack for the week, tailored to the number of children attending the centre. Menus and recipes were designed by dietitians and underpinned by the Victorian menu planning guidelines for long day care. Centres are provided menu packs that included information about the delivery process, copies of tailored recipes and ingredient lists for each week of the four-week menu.