Imagine a school cafeteria where students have a variety of tasty choices that are not only nutritious, but freshly-made, come from local sources supporting your local economy, and are better for the environment?

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In this section, we offer tips and resources to help your school provide creative, healthier food choices for your students, buy from local sources, and foster an atmosphere where eating is a rich experience that motivates students to value nutrition and value their environment.

Buying food from local sustainable sources not only helps the environment by reducing carbon emissions and pesticides, but it’s often healthier for your students for a number of reasons.

Why is it worth it to learn how to improve your school’s food? What’s wrong with the system the way it is?
What’s wrong is that the current way most of us get food doesn’t make the most sense for the environment or for our health. For example, the World Watch Institute explains that a head of lettuce grown in California and shipped 5,000 kilometers to Washington D.C. uses 36 times as much energy in fossil fuels as it offers to the person eating it for calories. And if most of our food is shipped from afar, how does this affect its health benefits? These are the types of challenges we’ll tackle in this chapter!