Give Your School Lunchroom a Makeover

By Tonka Dobreva 12.09.2014 interact

Thanks to new government laws and initiatives, schools across the country have been changing their menus to offer healthier meal options. However, not all students are happy with the offerings. Instead of feeling frustrated and going back to unhealthy eating habits, students can make a difference. Here we show you how, with a little effort, you can turn your school lunchroom into a place that promotes healthy and delicious meal options.

Make a List of Goals

Before you can change your school lunch, you have to know what changes you’d like. Talk to your fellow students about what you think your school could be doing better, and do some research on other schools that have worked to implement new lunch standards.

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Talk to Administrators

If you have issues with your lunchroom, one way to see what can be done is to speak with administrators. Chances are, your school has someone who’s in charge of the lunch program, and speaking with them can help you get your concerns heard. Students at Mukwonago High School in Wisconsin worked with their food service supervisor to fill out cards about their lunch issues that they sent to the USDA along with parent letters.

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Start a Petition

If you want to change your school’s food options, you’re going to need some support. You’re probably not the only person who’s noticed that your lunchroom could use some sprucing up, and starting a petition can be a great way to meet other students, teachers and parents who share your view. You can start an online petition, or just print one out for friends to sign. Don’t be afraid to present your petition to administrators.

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Suggest a School Garden

Lots of schools across the country are starting gardens with the help of their students. Not only is this a great lesson on how food goes from a seed to your plate, but it will also allow you to have fresh fruits and veggies in your lunchroom! Starting a school garden can also encourage other students to be more aware of nutrition.

Fresh farmers market fruit and vegetable produce from above

Encourage a Lunchroom Makeover

Researchers at Cornell found that the set-up of a lunchroom can change the way students eat. Some of their suggestions include putting a salad bar in the middle of the lunchroom, and moving less healthy foods to the end of the line. One school in San Francisco made over their lunchroom by adding new tables for different activities, making food available for pickup, and putting a sandwich stand outside in the play yard. By doing so, way more kids ate lunch, and they made better choices.

Does your lunch need a makeover? Let us know what your lunchroom is like in the comments!

comments

  1. sarah

    i dont eat school lunch cause it is gross

  2. Jerome

    We should combine other school districts to keep kids like me in school. We need to help other districts with money so they can order food.

  3. sarah walker

    MY NAME IS SARAH WALKER AND I GO TO TELFAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL. WE NEED BETTER FOOD CAUSE THIS FOOD TASTE LIKE CARDBOARD! HELP US!!!

  4. jblue48

    My Name Is Jalen Blue from west Hoke w middle my school need a lunch room ours boring know want really eat or get fruit a Good way to make kids eat fruit and veggies mix them up

  5. weimer790

    I think that the people that want to help the kids in schools eat better are smart to start at the schools

  6. bailey rocks

    I agree with xXaggieXx29

  7. cheetahsrule99

    I think we should have better and healthier lunches with very little sweats so people will eat the healthy foods

  8. Guadalupe

    Please visit our school and fix all of our food all the kids do is drink water and buy snacks like cookies and sodas Scobee Middle School in San Antonio Texas.

  9. swagtastic135

    hey channel one, I think my school really needs a lunchroom makeover, we really don’t get much but it still is unhealthy. Most of the time we get about 4 “big” chicken nuggets. We get gross stuff that looks…gross. And everyday it’s either chicken (rubber) or pizza(cardboard),The school is Troy Middle School district 30-c in Joliet Illinois

  10. swagtastic135

    hey channel one, I think my school really needs a lunchroom makeover, we really don’t get much but it still is unhealthy. Most of the time we get about 4 “big” chicken nuggets. We get gross stuff that looks…gross. And everyday it’s either chicken (rubber) or pizza(cardboard),The school is Troy Middle School district 30-c in Joliet Illinois

  11. Elizabeth

    I vote to change the whole school lunch its terrible. I don’t even eat breakfast
    or lunch

  12. Jennifer

    come to our school all the middle schooler’s do are buy the sweets our school is called Scobee Middle School in San Antonio

  13. Scotties

    at my school i dont eat much because the food is very bad tasting. i would eat my all my food if it tasted good and there was more options like a salad bar or fruits.

  14. Kyaira Major

    Come to my school it is called Rio Vista

  15. xXaggieXx29

    make the fruit look better and more fresher and then students would eat the fruit more than junk food

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