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One On One With: Reimagining School Cafeterias with FoodCorps

In this edition of the Food Management podcast, we talk with Erica Curry about the nonprofits’ newly released report on ways to reimagine a school lunch program.

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If you could remake a school cafeteria, what would it look like? That’s the basis of a newly released report by FoodCorps, a nonprofit that works with communities to connect students to healthy food in school. The team’s Reimaging School Cafeteria’s report provides 13 areas of opportunity for child nutrition professionals, schools and the community.

The report was conducted by doing face-to-face interviews with more than 300 students and 100 adult stakeholders in the schools, including teachers, principals and child nutrition professionals. The interviews were conducted in nine schools, representing diverse backgrounds and service styles for lunches.

Listen in as I dig in with Erica Curry, director of education for FoodCorps, on how students, in particular, would reimagine their school cafeteria, if given the chance.

These are the 13 areas of opportunity (more information can be found on each one by downloading the full report):

  1. Lunch as social time
  2. The menu
  3. The cafeteria environment
  4. Food quality and desirability
  5. Student agency and voice
  6. Role modeling
  7. Presentation of food
  8. Regulations and compliant
  9. Home culture and context
  10. Food waste
  11. School food community
  12. Staff training and development
  13. Length of Lunch
TAGS: K-12 Schools
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