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20 Resources found for “School Food”
Ingredient Guide for Better School Food Purchasing
This guide from School Food Focus is a resource for school food leaders and manufacturers alike who are committed to improving the overall quality, nutritional value, and safety of food provided to all students in every school. It highlights unwanted ingredients to eliminate, or those to watch out for, as new food products are developed and others are modified.
Food Waste Reduction Toolkit for Illinois Schools
The Food Waste Reduction Toolkit for Illinois Schools, a project of the Wasted Food Action Alliance, is a comprehensive resource that provides all schools the tools to tackle the issue of wasted food. It identifies the main sources of wasted food in schools and, using the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy as a framework. Healthy Schools Campaign served as an advisor on the toolkit, and Space to Grow is included as a case study.
Tracing the Food System: An Investigation of a Chicago Public Schools Meal
This lesson will allow students to make the connection between the food they eat at home and at school and the people, plants, and animals that provide it. Students will study the recipes of the winning school meal from the Cooking up Change competition and write creative narratives of a chosen ingredient along its journey of farm to tray.
Food Research and Action Center: Preparing for the Impacts of the Coronavirus on Health, Well-being, and Food Security
Food insecurity for students and families is a serious concern during this time of widespread school closures. The Food Research and Action Center summarizes changes to child and adult food program waivers under the Families First Act, explains USDA actions regarding nationwide child nutrition waivers, and provides a resource for school superintendents to meet student nutritional needs during the COVID-10 pandemic.
Chicago Public Schools LearnWELL Toolkits
These Chicago Public Schools documents support schools in aligning with local wellness policy guidelines that promote healthy school environments that include physical activity and healthy food choices.
Chicago Public Schools’ Pathways to Excellence in School Nutrition
This plan documents and make publicly accessible the district’s high school meal nutrition standards and health promoting initiatives and outline an action plan to provide healthy school food to all CPS students. This strategic plan was created in collaboration with the CPS School Food Advisory group co-convened by Healthy Schools Campaign.
Integrating Health and Wellness into a School Improvement Plan
This webinar provides tips for engaging in an authentic school improvement planning process that involves a variety of stakeholders and practical ways you can integrate student health and wellness in your school improvement plan. The webinar is geared toward a Chicago audience but has relevant information for all schools.
Principal Toolkit: Getting the Most out of the CPS School Meal Program
Because principals and schools play such an important role in providing students with healthy food and educating them on healthy behaviors, we created this toolkit in partnership with Chicago Public Schools to give you a guide to making sure the school meal program is working as best as it can for your students.
Serving Students During the Coronavirus: Best Practices
This guide from the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Columbia University addresses best practices for school meal programs.