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