Start a program to ensure that every student has access to healthy snacks.

How To:

All students deserve healthy food to nourish their bodies and brains. Start an initiative to make healthy snacks available to all students throughout the day.

You’ll need to find a way to source the snacks – think creatively! Does your school have a share table in the cafeteria where food goes to waste? Can that food be picked up and repurposed? Does the cafeteria have leftovers they’d throw away? Can a local business donate food?

Next, figure out how to distribute the food. Consider a table in the main office, or fridges in the nurse’s office or student lounge.

Tips & Suggestions:

  • Be mindful of allergies – try to source food that won’t make people sick.
  • A local business might be willing to donate reusable water bottles that students can use to stay hydrated.
  • Some schools have policies about eating in classrooms or outside the cafeteria – if necessary, work with administration to change these rules.

Fast Facts:

  • Students living in homes with insufficient access to food are more likely to be hyperactive in the classroom and are absent from school more frequently (Murphy et al., 1998).
  • Approximately 1 in 4 students skip breakfast daily (Hoyland, Dye & Lawton, 2009).
  • Eating unhealthy foods that are high in saturated fat and sugar can have negative effects on the brain’s memory functions and reduces students’ capacity for learning (Molteni et al., 2002).

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