Schools have always played a role in helping to shift cultural attitudes and behaviors. Be it civil rights, gender equality or other important social justice issues, schools are platforms for change. Similarly, schools have an important role to play in helping to change society’s perceptions about our relationship with food. We can more effectively leverage the time students, teachers and parents already spend at school to find simple avenues for engaging individuals in learning about food literacy, while helping to adopt and institute new patterns of behaviors.
Unfortunately, schools are often complicit in creating environments that discourage healthy eating and overall wellness. Uninspiring cafeteria offerings, competitive food sales, special event celebrations and fundraising activities that hinge on increased junk food consumption, lack of staff wellness programming and an absence of food literacy curricula, does not promote a culture of health and wellness.
In response, the FoodFight food literacy toolkit provides school stakeholders with resources geared toward introducing food literacy education and increasing food literacy awareness for all members of the school community.