FoodCorps’ new program gives kids a say in their cafeteria

Benita Gingerella for FoodService Director

Nonprofit FoodCorps has launched a new program aimed at giving kids a voice to transform their cafeteria just in time for the new school year.

The Our Cafeteria Project builds on a pilot program FoodCorps, which aims to align kids with healthy foods at school, launched during the 2019-2020 school year.

Throughout the program, a group of students participate in activities to get them thinking about how they feel in their cafeteria and how they can improve the physical environment. Students then work with their peers to identify a project they want to take on, such as installing a mural in the cafeteria. They then work with teachers, principals and cafeteria staff to make their project a reality.