Healthy, Sustainable School Food Initiatives

More than 30 million children in the U.S. eat a school lunch five days a week, 180 days a year. Most students have little to no idea where their food comes from, how it is grown and harvested, how it is processed, and the impact on the environment of its production, processing and transport. Learn about healthy, sustainable food initiatives that can be implemented at your school to bring in fresh, local food; provide healthy meals in school cafeterias; improve student nutrition; offer curricular connections on food and nutrition; and connect schools to their local communities and farms.

Tip: Also visit our National & State Green School Programs page to learn more about local and national Green School programs and resources to help you improve the health & sustainability of your school!

Students preparing to eat a healthy meal

Before You Start

Design and Preparation

Implementation

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