Let's get rid of this stuff!
If you have been inspired to do something about school lunch and want to learn more about the issues related to changing your school lunch program, start by reading the Rethinking School Lunch Guide. Available for download online and completely free, I turned to it when I first started working in my school kitchen. Trying to “rethink” my school lunch without much guidance, it became my go-to-source for advice. The Rethinking School Lunch Guide comes from the Center for Ecoliteracy.
The Guide has two basic premises:
1. Frozen, preprocessed, and canned foods in lunch are unacceptable. We should adopt an alternative, a "farm-to-school model, which provides fresh food from local, sustainable family farms. Meals are prepared using fresh, seasonal, sustainably grown produce and products from local and regional sources.”
2. The idea that lunch is an isolated meal without relevance to the rest of the school day or the world is also unacceptable. The guide emphasizes an "integrated curriculum approach. It connect students to their food source through meals and field trips, improve the nutritional content and quality of food in schools, and help local farmers remain economically viable."
With these two ideas, it discusses change in the context of ten interrelated subjects: Food Policy; Curriculum Integration; Food and Health; Finances; Facilities Design; The Dining Experience; Professional Development; Procurement; Waste Management; Marketing and Communications
Full of advice from people affecting change and sources for more information, the guide covers all the possible topics I could think of that are needed for change. When I presented my head-of-school with a proposal for changing lunch after I started working at my school, I summarized the guide in four pages and turned each topic into question-and-answer format specific to the issues of my school.
Please read the Rethinking School Lunch Guide!