A Harvest of Health—It's What's for Lunch!
So what can I do?
Suggestions for parents:
- Reinforce a connection with the source of your family's food and healthy eating habits at home. When it comes to good food, you are your children's most important teacher.
- Visit and observe in your child's school lunchroom -- or better yet, eat lunch with your child at school. Volunteer, if that is an option.
- Learn about and get involved in your school district's wellness policy process.
- If healthy options are being introduced into their lunch program, encourage your child to purchase the meal that day. That is the best way to support the economics of a changing school lunch program.
- If healthy foods are not available at in your school, make a box lunch for your child. Get terrific lunch packing ideas here, and check out Ann's new book for more! (see below)
Check out Chef Ann's new book!
Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children by Ann Cooper and Lisa Holmes (Harper Collins, September, 2006). Inspiration and food for thought, plus over 100 delicious kid-friendly recipes! Look for it at your favorite bookstore, or get it in the Organic Valley General Store
Recipe for Change: One Lunch Lady's Fight for our Children's Future
Read Chef Ann's story! (download PDF here)
What you can do at home. Parents, take these points to heart!