With sky-high rates of childhood obesity—at the same time that millions of children have limited access to healthy, fresh food—the Food Day effort is especially relevant to children and schools. Our resources for schools will help you build coalitions to work towards more healthy, locally-sourced options and increased food and nutrition education in your school district.
2012 Guide for Schools This guide will provide you with the tools you need for organizing successful Food Day activities in your school’s classrooms, lunchroom, or garden, and tips on improving school food policies.
2012 Food Day School Curriculum Professors at Teachers College, Columbia University, created our unique Food Day school curriculum. The 88-page Food Day curriculum for upper elementary and middle school grads offers five lessons designed to teach children the importance of eating real, fresh food; cutting back on processed foods; and advocating for a healthier community. The lessons can be easily adapted for older or younger students. Teachers are encouraged to use the curriculum on the week of October 24.
2012 Food Day School Curriculum Lesson Materials (PowerPoint version) Slides and graphics that accompany each of the Food Day curriculum lessons. PDF Version here.
Sample Activities for Schools Examples of events in schools from around the United States during the 2011 Food Day campaign.
One-Pager: Food Day in Schools Get a snapshot overview of how you can use Food Day in your schools and school community to promote healthy, sustainable, accessible and fair food in schools.
The School Day Just Got Healthier Children are heading back to school, but this year, they will not be heading back to the same school lunch. New school meal standards will be implemented in schools starting this fall, and schools need your support to make sure the new rules are implemented efficiently and effectively. Use this online resource library, created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, to join this effort in implementing these exciting new rules that increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in school food across the country.
Nourish: Food + Community More than 7,000 schools are now using the Nourish Curriculum Guide which explores the thought-provoking question "What's the story of your food?" Combine with the award-winning Nourish DVDs to inspire a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability.