The Center for Ecoliteracy offers tools to help nutrition services professionals and other activists demonstrate that healthy, freshly prepared school meals are not only important, but possible.
These materials show how school meals can help decision makers meet their responsibilities by maximizing opportunities for academic achievement and promoting the health and safety of the students in their care. They offer reassurance that improving school food can be good for school finances and the economic well-being of communities.
The Making the Case materials include a downloadable PDF which:
summarizes extensive research that documents the links between school food, better nutrition, academic success, and student health;
highlights growing evidence that schools are able to maintain both strong nutrition standards and financial stability;
features reports from nutrition services directors describing their successes.
The Center also designed a companion PowerPoint presentation to help make the case to school leaders. Because every school district and every presenter are different, presenters are invited to adapt and customize the PowerPoint for their settings.