Know what your children are being fed at school.

What we eat has a direct and immediate impact on our ability to stay focused and learn. If our children aren’t eating these brain foods while at school, they won’t learn as well. These foods include what the school serves them for lunch, what is available in the vending machines and what they bring from home.

How to know what your kids are eating:

When our children are fed good food at school their health thrives along with the community and our families.

Parents have the power to change the food culture in their children’s schools.

Find out what your children are eating at school. Visit the cafeteria to see what is being served. Find out where their school food is made, get copies of the menus and ask for lists of ingredients for each item on the menu. Check out what foods are sold outside of the lunch program, including vending machines, à la carte lines and other snacks. If you have concerns, work with the director of the food services program. Find out who is in charge and contact them and lobby them to make changes and provide better food choices for your children.

Get rid of vending machines in schools, including sodas. When kids have easy access to sugary, unhealthy foods, they are very likely to choose them. Instead, send kids to school with healthy snacks that will save money and be healthier for them.

Support the Farm to School Program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.

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