Take Some Action Introduction - Start Small, Think Big

Click on your state in this map to get help on improving your school food from local resources provided from Action for Healthy Kids!

Action begins with educating others: students & teachers!

If you’re motivated to implement change in your school’s food, start by inspiring other school staff to care about making the same changes. Ask them to read our Upload Knowledge Section about why the food you buy matters.

If you want to hand out a flyer to educate about how food transportation affects the environment, click here for this flyer produced by Fresh Food that states the problems along with their solutions!

How about challenging your students to think about food as well? There are many creative ways you can incorporate food into your curriculum. For some strategies that have already been proven to work in school, check out the School Lunch Initiative’s teaching strategies. Another helpful resource for getting started is The Center for Ecoliteracy’s visual guide for educators and parents called Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment.

When you’re ready to pick out exact curriculum you’d like to use, our Curriculum Library is just what you need. It offers free, reviewed online-curriculum.

As an example of the wonderful curriculum that’s available for teaching about food, check out this classroom activity hosted by PBS NOW on genetically-modified food. Geared toward 9-12th graders, this lesson teaches students about gene splicing and the principles of heredity so that they can form their own opinions on genetically modified food by exploring the science behind the issue. Thorough lessons like this often list a number of background resources to help students and teachers alike really grasp an issue.

Are you wondering how you can get students to eat more fruits and vegetables in the cafeteria? You can order the guide Fruits and Vegetables Galore: Helping Kids Eat More or use the pdf sections that are available online!

Students can really take pride in helping the community and feeling a connection to their food!

As you consider taking action to get more local and sustainable foods in your school, keep in mind that there is a tremendous potential for your students to develop a true connection to their food through an appreciation for community, their environment, and their health.
  • Students can learn the economic concept that they are helping their local economy.
  • Students can learn the concept that a healthy environment means healthier food for them.
  • Nutritious food grown locally or organically can shine in the spotlight of the cafeteria, highlighting the value and appeal of nutrition. Students could appreciate nutrition by seeing it as something exciting.
  • A connection to environmentally-friendly food can make students feel a true connection to their greater environment.

Whether or not your school decides to buy some of its food from a local and sustainable source, you can still organize a visit to a local farm in order to help your students develop a connection to their food. When students can see, smell, and touch how food is made, they can begin thinking about how food production impacts their health and how food production impacts their environment. To get the most out of your visit to a local farm with your class, follow this guide from CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers).