Help Needed: Back To School and Fooducate

Kids voting for Fooducate in 1950's class

We’re still having fun in the sun, but once August rolls in, the countdown to a new school year begins in many homes across America. We’ve been approached by many parents, teachers, and others in the education ecosystem asking us to provide food education ideas for schools. For example, posters and flash cards, as well as fun ways to integrate the Fooducate app into lessons about nutrition and food.

We’d like to get some more ideas from you as well. Fire away in the comments below or shoot us an e-mail.

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  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    I sent my info via the google doc. Being a teacher and becoming a health coach, I know this can help many, many kids.

  • Adrienne

    I would love to find a way to rate the most commonly purchased foods from the big lunch food companies – Tyson, Schwann, Tony’s, etc – so people can see what is really in the foods their kids are eating when they buy lunch.

  • Hillary

    I think you should address the fact that box tops or coke points (which are a very good resource for supplies in the classroom) are on food that is not what I hope my students are eating every day. Teachers are constantly forced into spending their own money on supplies so it is hard to deny how amazing that resource would be…but if it’s at the cost of my students health is it worth it?

  • Violet

    How about educating schools about FEEDING the kids lunches made from fresh local foods served family style right in their classrooms, then talking about the food, how it is grown, how it is prepared, what it looks like, how it helps a body feel well (or ill) as part of the longish meal-time conversation. Because what kid isn’t going to answer “It is a flashcard with a picture/cartoon of an eggplant on it. It would taste like paper and ink if I ate it. It is used as part of a lesson plan. It makes me feel very bored.” to the question “Does anybody know what this is?” If you get my drift. This is why education is so confusing. The two most important subjects in school are lunch and recess, and we aren’t teaching either of those in the USA. I suppose it helps to get kids more invested in food if they help grow it, but that isn’t always practical in the classroom. Some local schools here have an “Adopt a Farmer” program which helps indirectly personalize food production, and I guess that’s a good alternative. But talking about food isn’t the same thing as tasting it or eating enough of it to figure out how it makes you feel.

  • Philippe Boucher

    Get inspired by chef Tony Geraci, “The cafeteria man” and his work in schools in Baltimore and now Memphis

  • Jessica Altschul

    How about developing a game, where teams of kids can work together to create the “perfect” lunch – various points can be awarded for nutritional bonuses, and point deductions for foods with no nutritional value. Kids can create a whole day of meals and snacks and compete to see which team makes the best meal.

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