In 2013, thousands of schools across the country participated in Food Day with a variety of activities that included taste tests introducing children to new and healthy options, nutrition lessons, cooking demonstrations, lectures, workshops, conferences, and health fairs.
The Guide for School Organizers provides you with the tools you need for organizing successful activities in your school’s classrooms, lunchroom, or garden, and tips for improving school food policies
Remember to invite the entire school system to get involved—from administrators and teachers to nutrition and food services directors and family and consumer sciences teachers—and of course, students!
Check out the Guide for Schools for ideas on how to participate:
- In the classroom: by teaching all or part of the Food Day school curriculum—lessons designed to teach children the importance of eating healthy, fresh foods, cutting back on processed foods, and advocating for a healthier community.
- In the cafeteria: by launching a Farm to School program, starting a school salad bar, introducing taste education activities for kids to learn about new and healthy foods, or serving a special Food Day menu.
- In the garden: by starting a school garden, holding food system education activities in an existing garden, hosting a harvest party with children and area food growers, or bringing local chefs in for cooking classes featuring garden produce.
Resources for Schools
Guide for School Organizers The tools you need for organizing Food Day activities in your school’s classrooms, lunchroom, or garden, and tips on improving school food policies.
Food Day School Curriculum Designed for upper elementary and middle school students, the curriculum 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 highly encouraged to use the curriculum on the week of October 24.
Food Day School Curriculum Lesson Materials Slides and graphics that accompany each of the Food Day curriculum lessons.
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.
20 Recipes to Get Kids Cooking! from Kate Sherwood, Nutrition Action Healthletter’s Culinary Institute of America-trained culinary director. This resource includes recipes from the authors of the new book Get Your Family Eating Right.
Check out the Resources section for the Food Day 2013 Campaign Report, brochure, posters, and more.
Hip Hop Public Health has many resources, including hip hop music, short animations, and health video games.
Visit www.kidseatright.org for tips, recipes, and videos to help families shop smart, cook healthy, and eat right by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Photo Credit: Food Revolution