THE PROBLEM

  • 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.

 

IMPACT 


  • 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.