Food Literacy: Nourishing Minds, Bodies, and Communities

In the endless list of requirements for education, food literacy can be a connector among disciples such as science, physical education, mental health, and social justice. Food literacy encompasses the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy food choices, understanding of where food comes from, and appreciation for the cultural and social significance of food. 

A person using a magnifying glass to look at a tomatoWe can teach students to use food literacy in shaping their physical and mental health, and the health of our communities. Food literacy can start with a few small projects and eventually become integrated throughout disciplines. Below are some ideas that your school can use in your food literacy journey.

  • Plan and execute a taste test program or other activity in connection with the school cafeteria.
  • Work with teachers in at least one school to create and execute a nutrition-related event, such as a field trip, guest speaker, activity in the classroom, or collaboration with the cafeteria. SWITCH’s Nutrition Education Lessons and The Cafeteria as a Learning Space resources are great supports to get started!
  • Create nutrition messages to be distributed in school newsletters, videos, morning announcements or on social media.

Schools can help students see the interconnectedness of food choices with personal, ecological, and social health. As we nourish students and food literacy education in our schools, we will sow the seeds of health and wellness in our communities.

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