Get Food Education in Every School

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Food Education in the U.S. Food skills are one of the most valuable life skills you can ever learn and every child should learn about food, where it comes from and how it affects his or her body. This map highlights some food and nutrition education activities taking place in schools across the United States, from mandatory nutrition education to hands-on programs where kids can touch, feel, taste, and cook food. We know there are loads more programs in action, and we want to hear about them! Get in touch with us at foodday@cspinet.org and let us know about your food education program, class, or activity! Click here for the campaign landing page.

Urging Food Education and Cooking Classes in Nation's Schools Huffington Post blog by Lilia Smelkova

Get Food Education in Every School: Join the National Initiative! webinar co-hosted by edWeb.net, the Edible Schoolyard Project, the National Farm to School Network, and Life Lab

Campaign Announcement Press Release July 8, 2013

Ending Food Ignorance: Education Is Too Important to Leave to Big Food, Huffington Post Op-Ed July 8, 2013

About the Campaign

Get Food Education in Every School is a national initiative created by Food Day and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation to raise awareness about the critical importance of food education in schools across America.

It provides a chance to start talking about how food education should be an integrated part of the school curriculum, and that hands-on cooking and essential food skills should be taught to every child, at every school in the country.

If every child had the opportunity to learn about, grow and cook food and understand the implications of food waste on the wider community, we believe they’d have the knowledge and tools to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. Studies show that:

  • -The more children learn about food and nutrition, the more likely they are to eat fruit and vegetables.
  • -The more children cook and prepare fresh food from scratch, the more likely they are to appreciate healthier and more varied ingredients.
  • -The more children plant and harvest fruit and vegetables, the more motivated they’ll be to eat them also.

Providing our children with food education has never been more vitally important as it is today. One-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese and total healthcare costs attributable to obesity could reach up to $957 billion by 2030. At the same time, 17 million children in the US remain hungry. What is more, as a result of obesity-related disease, this generation of children are predicted to be the first to die at a younger age than their parents.

What can we do to reverse these trends?

Schools, together with local communities and families, need to be at the heart of food education, to teach children about food, where it comes from and how it affects our bodies and therefore, to put the tools of prevention in the hands of children themselves.

Schools not only play an important role in helping to shape the next generation, they’re responsible for teaching essential skills and knowledge, such as reading, writing, computer literacy and mathematics. Cooking skills and food knowledge, however, are clearly not prioritized like these subjects, or even considered to be essential skills. Our campaign aims to reverse this trend.

We invite you and your organization to join us in the essential mission of reversing this trend and creating a food literate society – sign on to support and share your belief that food education should be available for every child, in every school in America.

Get Food Education in Every School started as an initiative to raise awareness about the importance of food education. Together we will build a broad base of support and decide on next steps to advance the issue in our nation's schools.


The Abundance Project

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

University of Akron Campus Chapter

American College of Lifestyle Medicine

American Medical Students Association

Arizona Department of Health Services

Beecher's Flagship Foundation

Bolthouse Farms

Brain Child Press

California Food Literacy Center

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

Center for Ecoliteracy

Central Coast Grown

ChangeLab Solutions

Chef Ann Foundation

Columbia Midlands Dietetic Association

Common Threads Farm

Cooking with Kids, Inc.

Create a Change Now

The Creative Kitchen

Culinary Ride

The Donna Krech Companies

Dunk the Junk


Eco-Schools US

The Edible Schoolyard Project

Elm City Market

Energy Up!

Fair Food Matters

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

Family Cook Productions

FEAST Asheville

Fitness Solution 24/7

Food Day

Food, Facts and Fads

The Food Trust


Green Bronx Machine

Growing Gardens

Growing Great Schools

Grow Pittsburgh

Happy Family Brands



Healthy Moves

Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange

Holistic Moms Network

Jamie Oliver Food Foundation

Journey Gym

Kadi Fit

The Kids Cook Monday!

Kids Food Festival

Kids Wealth Institute

Lean and Green Kids

Les Dames D'Escoffier, Green Tables Initiative

Let's Move Pittsburgh

Lima Allen County Neighborhoods in Partnership

Lima Young Professionals

Little People's Center

Locally Delicious

Mill Valley Children's Garden

Montezuma School to Farm Project

National Association of Nutrition Professionals   

National Black Child Development Institute

National Farm to School Network



Outgrowing Hunger

Parks Elementary

Real Food for Kids

Real Food for Kids - Montgomery

Recipe for Success Foundation

Southern Obesity Prevention Strategy/Southern Obesity Summit

Super Sprowtz

Teachers College Columbia University, Program in Nutrition, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, & Policy

TEAM Fit Magazine

TERI, Inc.

Thin&Healthy’s Total Solution

Transition Lima

The Tree of Life Sanctuary



Wellness in the Schools


Willpower, LLC



Kate Adamick, Co-Founder, Cook for America   

Isobel R. Contento, PhD, Teachers College Columbia University    

Chef Ann Cooper, Director, Food Services Boulder Valley School District

Diane Hatz, Founder & Executive Director, Change Food;

Organizer/Curator, TEDxManhattan

Pamela Koch, EdD, RD, Teachers College Columbia University

Robyn O'Brien, founder, AllergyKids

Stephen Ritz, Founder, Green Bronx Machine

Bettina Elias Siegel, writer of The Lunch Tray

Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health 


Promising practices in food education around the country range from interdisciplinary classroom and garden education to cooking classes. If you’re looking for a way to make a difference in the way your students eat and think about food, here are some resources to get you started.

Join the conversation online at #FoodEd, send us your food education stories to foodday@cspinet.org, and check out the Pinterest board for more.

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  • @Integrity2011 tweeted link to this page. 2016-12-01 17:03:32 -0500
    I believe every child should get #FoodEd at school. Do you? http://www.foodday.org/food_education?recruiter_id=112749
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  • commented 2015-04-04 08:42:19 -0400
    help them now
  • commented 2014-09-14 01:28:47 -0400
    Great list of resources, my favorite is VeggieU. I plan on sharing some of these sites on my health blog http://healthcareerexplorer.com/
  • commented 2014-04-02 09:16:09 -0400
    very informative
  • commented 2013-10-03 08:52:57 -0400
    Great for the American people, great for the rest of the Earth.
    As a teacher of undergraduate Biology and Environmental Science, this is very important for me personally. I would love to have my children grow up in a school with a sustainable food system. So I would love to learn more from food day.org.
    Neil Ian P. Lumanlan
    University of Santo Tomas.
    Manila, Philippines
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  • commented 2013-09-24 01:03:03 -0400
    The quality of the food are proportional to quality of the life, so…….the future of the humanity depends of that !!!
  • commented 2013-07-10 21:41:34 -0400
    The value and quality of the food we and our children ingest will determine the equal value and quality of our future.
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