Procuring Healthy, Sustainable
Food for Schools
As the American diet has shifted towards more processed, high-fat, high-sugar foods, the health of our children has suffered. Obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Today, over 18% of children ages 6–19 are obese. Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer and osteoarthritis as adults. With more than 30 million students, schools play a critical role providing opportunities for children to access healthier food and practice nutritious eating. For many students, school is their only consistent source of nourishment through meal programs. While at first glance it may seem daunting to adjust a school food procurement system to healthier (ideally local) choices, there are an increasing number of schools and districts that have already set a precedent with healthy, innovative programs. Learn more about procuring healthy, sustainable food for your school to provide nourishing meals and teach children about food choices, nutrition, and the food system.
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!
Before You Start
Design and Preparation
Using Your Project
Sharing Your Project
Resource CenterProject Resource Library: Learn More!
National & State Green Schools Programs
Eco Schools USA Handbook
Bay Backpack Teaching Resources Search Engine
Where Your Food Comes From: Farm-Based Education Network Resources
Farm to School Network Resources Search Engine
EPA Learning & Teaching About the Environment (awards, resources, more)