FoodFight has partnered with carefully selected organizations to help bring their expertise and materials to your school.  
Determine your area of interest and then decide which organization best suits your school's needs.
For additional resources to help build your own school wellness toolkit, please click here

Gardening

Gardening and growing food is a wonderful way for students, teachers, and parents to connect to the food they eat and appreciate where our food comes from. We realize that not every school has access to outdoor space or the time and resources to devote to a full-time garden, so we have selected a garden partner whose products work in almost any environment.   

 

back to the roots logoBack to the Roots, our featured gardening partner, allows schools to provide multiple classrooms with growing activities (along with curriculum) that encourage learning and engagement across a wide spectrum of content areas. Back to the Roots is a company that helps connect consumers to their food. They have created a variety of products that showcase how easy and exciting it is to watch things grow. Their classroom toolkit provides schools with all of the materials necessary to grow mushrooms, herbs, and even keep fish easily and economically.

 

Cafeteria Reform

There is no other area that ignites more frustration or interest in making change than the school cafeteria. The FoodFight in the Classroom Curriculum helps students understand the social and political history of the school lunch program and provides strategies for inspiring student action but we know that parents, teachers and school wellness champions are also committed to making a difference in their children’s lunchrooms.  

 

chef ann logo copyChef Ann Foundation - No other individual (or group) has done more to facilitate improvement and engagement than Chef Ann Cooper and the Chef Ann Foundation. Today, the Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) carries out the vision of leading the charge to improve food in lunch rooms by actively supporting school districts nationwide through grant programs and by providing tried and tested tools for school food change. 

Useful materials from the Chef Ann Foundation:
Parent Advocacy Toolkit  
Project Produce Grant  
Do One Thing  
Lunchroom Education Guides  
Local School Wellness Policies

 

meatless_monday_logo-largeMeatless Mondays - Meatless Monday is an international movement to help people reduce their meat consumption by 15%.

On average, Americans consume 8 ounces of meat per day – 45% more than the USDA recommends. Going meatless one day a week can reduce the risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help limit people’s carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.

Meatless Mondays has created a variety of resources to help you implement the meat-free day:
The Meatless Monday K-12 Toolkit
Meatless Monday Elementary School Guide (2-page handout)
Meatless Monday Middle School Guide (2-page handout)

 

Cooking

 

kids_cook_fb_newsle_D33C9D5-300x126The Kids Cook Monday provides a weekly opportunity for parents and kids to cook and eat together. The Kids Cook Monday website and social media program feature weekly kid-friendly recipes and tips for parents, as well as comprehensive resources for educators developed with the help of Columbia Teacher’s College in New York.

Each week, The Kids Cook Monday delivers a brand-new engaging family dinner experience in The Family Dinner Date, a free weekly newsletter. Participating families receive a simple recipe alongside short how-to videos, a weekly cooking tip, fun facts about the recipe’s culture or ingredients, a printable nutrition activity for kids and a family dinner conversation starter. 


The Kids Cook Monday also offers a variety of helpful resources:
The Kids Cook Monday Toolkit for Educators 
The Kids Cook Monday and the National PTA  
The Kids Cook Monday Resources for Teachers  
The Kids Cook Monday Free Downloads

 

61tSojKF5ML._SX386_BO1,204,203,200_Two Pans and a Pot demystifies the marketing buzzwords and instead teaches families how to decipher food fact from food fiction. Author Barry Sayewitz's unique family cookbook will empower American families to cook with fresh ingredients and avoid processed foods. Through this cookbook families will embark on a cultural journey of nutrition and cooking education in their very own home kitchen. This cookbook brings together the joy of cooking and quality family time with real health benefits!

The perception of home cooking can be intimidating and time-consuming, which is why Two Pans and a Pot focuses on mastering just three basic cooking techniques to provide nutritious delicious meals.

Fitness

 

ABCforfitness2Dr. Katz explains that schools have reduced physical activity for children over recent years. This latter trend is largely due to the conversion of physical education time into time devoted to other subjects in preparation for standardized testing. The ABC for Fitness program shows schools how to restructure physical activity into multiple, brief episodes of activity into classrooms throughout the day without taking away valuable time for classroom instruction. The manual provides instruction for teachers to incorporate short bursts of activity at the beginning of each class. ABC for Fitness™ can ensure that children obtain the level of physical activity that is essential for good health and well being.

In-class exercises are also critical for high school students and staff. The A-B-E for Fitness program offers a free video library of 3 to 8 minute activity bursts that will allow you, your students, and your colleagues to move and exercise everywhere, everyday! The exercise videos are organized by the setting (office, home, waiting area, etc), the body region involved, and whether the exercise is performed seated or standing.

 

Certification & Training

 

Veggiecation LogoVeggiecation is an evidence-based culinary nutrition education program that introduces young children to the delicious and nutritious world of vegetables. The mission of Veggiecation is to promote and educate communities on the health benefits of vegetables and how to prepare them in simple, unique, affordable, and most importantly, delicious ways.

Veggiecation is empowering people everywhere to cook fresh foods and eat a healthier diet! The Veggiecation Educator Training Workshop (VETW) is a 3-hour live, online training that teaches the methods of our signature Healthy Kids Cooking Classes. These classes make healthy eating an educational and engaging experience and promote the consumption of vegetables! Participants learn everything from food safety and allergy awards to creating an engaging experience. 

Veggiecation is happy to announce that it will offer a 15% discount for all FoodFight Wellness Champions. You can use promo code FF15 at checkout to receive this exclusive discount.

 

The-Cookbook-Project-LogoThe Cookbook Project: Every child deserves access to critical food literacy and cooking education. The Cookbook Project makes this possible by training educators, enrichment staff, volunteers, parents and community leaders as Certified Food Literacy Educators through The Cookbook Project's online training program.

Trainees will learn best practices for their individual health that focus on culturally relevant, budget-friendly, healthy foods and will be trained to implement The Cookbook Project's innovative, evidence-based food literacy and cooking education program with their own community. Join their global network of Certified Food Literacy Educators at: www.thecookbookproject.org/train.

The Cookbook Project is also happy to announce that it will offer a 30% tuition discount for all FoodFight Wellness Champions. Simply say you heard about the Cookbook project through FoodFight on the training program application and the discount will be applied.

 

Sustainability Education

 

Green Monday is a global sustainability initiative that aims to tackle climate change and global food insecurity by making low-carbon and sustainable living simple, viral and actionable. Green Monday is an easy-to-do, easy-to-understand "baby step to go green" that everyone can participate in without a drastic change in their lifestyle. By going plant-based one day a week, a person can reduce their carbon emission by 28.5%. The Green Monday network now consists of nearly 1,000 schools from kindergarten up to universities and corporations around the world.

Learn more and take action now by going to their website.

Green Monday University Program - 8 Steps 
Green Monday Leaflet 
Green Monday Pledge 
Green Monday at Columbia University

Curriculum Partners

 

Fed Up LogoFED UP Food Education Toolkit - Teachers from any K-12 school in the United States can now register to receive a FED UP FOOD Education Kit which includes: a copy of the film in both English and Spanish, an exhibition license to allow for unlimited school screenings, a 60 minute classroom version of the film and a comprehensive curricular resources package created by REACT to FILM. 

More about the FED UP film: Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.

 

LMTCFEP logo color 300dpiLaurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy offers curriculum and cultivates research about connections between a just, sustainable food system and healthy eating and translates it into recommendations and resources for educators, policy makers, and community advocates. The Center focuses on schools as critical levers for learning and social change.

The Tisch Food Center produces curricula independently and in collaboration with nonprofit food and nutrition education programs that engage children in exploring food systems, food choice, and personal health. Most of these curricula address the interplay of biology, behavior, and the food system and environment which encourage over-consumption and sedentary behavior. Click here to learn more and see resources specifically designed for middle schools.