Climate-Friendly School Food

Climate-Friendly School Food

School food is a daily source of nourishment for more than 32 million children nationwide, serving over 7 billion meals annually. As one of the nation’s largest public feeding programs, U.S. K-12 public schools have a profound impact and opportunity to improve the health of students and the environment for generations to come. Despite growing student demand, plant-based options account for a tiny portion of school meals.  Serving more plant-based food and reducing institutional purchasing of factory farmed meat and dairy in schools is a high-impact strategy to mitigate climate change, improve student health and racial equity, and strengthen local food systems.   

Friends of the Earth’s Climate-Friendly School Food Program helps school districts make the shift towards healthy, delicious, plant forward menus. We provide technical assistance and marketing materials, support student and community engagement strategies, and link school districts with the resources they need in order to be successful. We also partner with school districts and NGOs to advocate for state and federal policy change. For more information or to request support, please email [email protected].  

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How I got my school district to combat climate change by changing what we eat 
How I got my school district to combat climate change by changing what we eat 

Student involvement on the local level in one’s own school district inspires and drives the change needed throughout our country. 

Biden’s ambitious goals for climate and agriculture require bolder strategies
Biden’s ambitious goals for climate and agriculture require bolder strategies

The need for change is urgent, and the benefits to farmer and worker livelihoods, our climate, natural resources, and public health is immense.

Healthier school food is key to fighting COVID-19 and systemic racism
Healthier school food is key to fighting COVID-19 and systemic racism

Congress should mitigate the racial health disparities that leave Black people so vulnerable to COVID-19 by ensuring every student has access to nutritious school meals.

Latest News See All
White House takes first step toward transforming federal food procurement and service

This week the Biden administration released best practices to increase access to healthy and safely prepared food in federal facilities.

House Committee Advances Child Nutrition Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor advanced the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act with a vote of 27-19.

Friends of the Earth Applauds Child Nutrition Measures to Increase Plant-Based School Meal and Beverage Options

Today, the House introduced the “Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act” Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation.

Resources See All
  • How a Rockstar Lentil Burger Inspired More Plant-Forward School Food
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  • USDA Foods: How a $1.3 billion program can be transformed to create a more just and healthy food system
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  • The State of School Lunch in California
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