As part of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs 2022 Summit, JSI is excited to showcase FoodCorps and their resources to support School Meal Programs in School Year 2022-2023.
FoodCorps engages and supports school nutrition programs by building on the foundation of food education in schools. FoodCorps is taking action to influence how students experience school meals and ensure kids have access to more sustainable meals, made with locally grown ingredients. To meet this goal, they collaborate with partners across the school food system—including school district leaders, nonprofit organizations, food manufacturers, and government officials—working together to change the role of food in schools. They’re also exploring ways to elevate school food leaders and shift policy and public perceptions to support school meals. How kids feel in the cafeteria matters. That’s why FoodCorps is also working to make cafeterias joyful, empowering places for both students and school staff to gather every day.
Here are the top 3 resources shared by FoodCorps to help school districts in the upcoming school year:
- FoodCorps’ Healthy School Toolkit: A set of resources designed to take a snapshot of your current school food environment, guide your school community in creating a vision for the future, document your action plan for working toward that vision, and evaluate and celebrate your school community’s history and progress over time.
- FoodCorps Recipe Book: The FoodCorps Recipe Book is a compilation of 55 recipes that can be used for school-wide taste tastes, or during hands-on learning in the classroom or garden. The resource includes an overview of the basics of cooking with kids, cooking safety, and an overview of learning models that inform FoodCorps’ approach to hands-on learning.
- Ingredient Guide for Better School Food Purchasing: This guide is a science-based tool created primarily by school nutrition professionals, for school nutrition professionals, in partnership with Center for Science in the Public Interest. It 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.
For more information or to connect with FoodCorps, kindly email Rebecca Kelley at Rebecca.Kelley@foodcorps.org. Be sure to connect on social media via Facebook @FoodCorps, Instagram @FoodCorps and Twitter @FoodCorps.
Fun Fact…In our countdown to the Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs 2022 Summit on May 24, we asked each partner to share which session they were most excited about. FoodCorps picked the Bringing the Future into Focus session because of the interactive nature.
Thank you to FoodCorps for supporting Massachusetts School Meal Programs and participating in the Countdown to the #HKHHP 2022 Summit!