School Food

school_food_icon.pngLet's get real. Pizza is not a vegetable.

We have to stop feeding junk food to our kids while they are in school. And, raising money for education by having our kids sell crappy food just doesn't make sense!

Please consider this page as a School Food 101 Resource. There are many organizations working on this issue around the country. We want you to be familiar with some of the basic issues are involving school food and to share resources with you so you can take appropriate action in your own community.

Hopefully we can provide with a basic introduction to the complicated dimensions to school food - policies, issues, operational challenges, and resources available for transforming the impact of school nutrition. And, how can we bring cooking back to the classroom?

Change the Food, Change the Future

School nutrition is central to educational processes and outcomes, and not merely a peripheral or operational matter. As long as school nutrition is marginalized, the educational system will suffer a terrible deficit.

Study after study has shown that hunger interferes with the ability of children to absorb an education. Long-term malnutrition can interfere with brain development, but even short-term bouts of hunger are a problem. Children who do not get enough to eat are listless and withdrawn or irritable and hostile. They find it difficult to concentrate and are easily distracted. They get sick more often and miss school more frequently than well-fed children. They may act out in the classroom and thus interfere with the learning of other children. Experienced principals report that the first question they ask children referred for disciplinary reasons in the morning hours is “Have you had breakfast?” and the answer is usually “No.” A reduction in disciplinary referrals is the single most consistently reported impact of universal breakfast programs. Hunger is the enemy of education.

Free for All: Fixing School Food in America By Janet Poppendieck

Key Articles

Key Resource Organizations

School Food Bookshelf

The School Food Revolution: Public Food and the Challenge of Sustainable Development
The School Revolution: Public Food and the Challenge of Sustainable Development
School Lunch Politics: The Surprising History of America's Favorite Welfare Program (Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America)
School Lunch Politics: The Surprising History of America's Favorite Welfare Program 
School Food Politics: The Complex Ecology of Hunger and Feeding in Schools Around the World.  With a Foreword by Chef Ann Cooper (Global Studies in Education)
School Food Politics: The Complex Ecology of Hunger and Feeding in Schools Around the World
Lunch Money: Serving Healthy School Food in a Sick Economy
Lunch Money: Serving Healthy School Food in a Sick Economy
Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children?s Health
Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children?s Health
Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children
Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children
Food Nations: Selling Taste in Consumer Societies (Hagley Perspectives on Business and Culture)
Food Nations: Selling Taste in Consumer Societies 
Free for All: Fixing School Food in America (California Studies in Food and Culture)
Free for All: Fixing School Food in America
Food in the USA: A Reader
Food in the USA: A Reader
Maybe we could do school food differently?
Here is what school food looks like in Japan!

 

 

 

 


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