Children who lack a quality diet are more likely to suffer from a variety of health problems that will hold them back throughout their lifetimes; they miss more days of school, score lower on tests, and advance less in their careers.
Type 2 diabetes, and other diet-related diseases take a disproportionate toll on members of our society who face other systemic barriers to wellness and social mobility.
Inequities in our country and shortcomings in our food system have resulted in countless children having insufficient opportunities to learn about, access, and benefit from healthy food.
HOW WE’RE HELPING
Hands-on learning: Students grow, cook, and taste new foods, which builds their skills and changes their food preferences.
Healthy school meals: The cafeteria experience steers students towards the healthiest options and gets them excited to try new healthy foods and school food leaders are empowered to serve healthier, less-processed menu items.
Schoolwide culture of health: As a whole, the school community and environment—from hallways to classrooms to cafeteria to grounds—celebrates healthy food.
An external evaluation of our work by Columbia University found that schools where FoodCorps’ signature hands-on learning practices are happening to a high degree, students are eating triple the fruits and vegetables compared to peers in low-implementation schools.
Three in four of the schools we serve measurably improved the health of their school food environments over the course of the last school year.
Nearly two-thirds of students showed improved or sustained positive attitudes toward vegetables and/or tried new ones during the course of the year.