As a parent, you can make a lunch date to eat at your child’s school. Express your support to school staff and students for making nutritious and appetizing meal choices. And talk with the professionals who run your school nutrition programs about their successes and challenges.
Tips for a school lunch date
- Look at the menu ahead of time with your child to help you pick a day for your lunchroom visit.
- While in the lunch line, talk with your child about the healthy choices available and encourage him or her to try something new.
- After your meal, reach out to the school nutrition staff members and share your feedback. Ask about the ways in which they engage families in efforts to improve students’ food.
- Talk about what you have learned with the school principal and ask how she or he is helping the school nutrition program build on successes and overcome challenges.