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].
Learn more about Friends of the Earth’s Climate-Friendly School Food Program
Inspiring Stories from K-12 School Districts:
Student involvement on the local level in one’s own school district inspires and drives the change needed throughout our country.
The need for change is urgent, and the benefits to farmer and worker livelihoods, our climate, natural resources, and public health is immense.
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.
This week the Biden administration released best practices to increase access to healthy and safely prepared food in federal facilities.
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor advanced the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act with a vote of 27-19.
Today, the House introduced the “Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act” Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation.