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What if Your Kid’s School Served Only Organic Food? 

By Matt Rozsa

Last year, the public schools in California’s Sausalito Marin City District became the first in the country to only serve their students organic meals. This means that they will not include any GMOs and will have been sustainably sourced.

This is an example more schools should follow. There are numerous long-term health benefits to maintaining an organic-based balanced diet from a young age, including avoiding obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart and blood pressure problems, and respiratory ailments.

It’s also clear that unhealthy lunches are hurting our children in the here and now. As a recent study from Ohio State University discovered, eighth-grade students who regularly ate fast food suffered lower reading and math scores. This is in keeping with the findings in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, which determined that diets high in trans and saturated fats are linked to serious learning and memory problems. Not only is it important for children to eat healthy in schools for their long-term welfare, but the proper in-school diet may make the difference in their actual academic performance.

Unfortunately, even though more than 80 percent of Americans want school lunches to contain more fruits and vegetables (and with fewer high-sodium and high-calorie choices), this doesn’t seem to be an issue that has caught fire. Even the staunch support of First Lady Michelle Obama — who has made childhood healthy eating one of her foremost causes — hasn’t been able to convert most of our nation’s public schools to healthy choices.

For our children, though, we shouldn’t settle for less. It isn’t enough to simply advocate the removal of sodas, potato chips, and fried foods from our school cafeterias. We should teach from an early age to eat organic foods – indeed, to enjoy organic foods – as well as to eat and enjoy fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and other healthier fare. Instead of American culture constantly waging a losing battle against myriad health issues that afflict us throughout the generations, we could train Americans from when they’re very little to approach food from an informed and healthy perspective.

In short, instead of viewing the challenge of bringing organic and healthy foods to our schools as a problem, we encourage you to view it as an opportunity. An opportunity to make incredible and impactful change right in your community. 

See our toolkit below for bringing healthy food to your school district today!  

You have everything to gain in terms of the health of our children and the future of our society and nothing to lose except overly-processed, artery-clogging, Taco Tuesday.

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Bring Healthy Food to Your School District

Step 1: Find the contact for your local School Board Director or Superintendent

Most school districts have a website where you can search for the board’s contact information—both email and address. Be on the look out for either the School Board Director or the Superintendent.

Step 2: Use our letter below to reach out to your local school board director

We’ve put together some standard language that you can use to outline your requests for healthier food in your kid’s cafeteria. To boost your impact, get your friends to sign it as well! You can save it as a PDF that they can edit digitally and email it around or go old school and get folks to sign in person

To: [Name School Board Director or Superintendent]
From: [Your Name]

We, the undersigned, recommend that the following actions (listed below) be taken by [Name School Board Director or Superintendent] and [Your School’s Name] Board of Education to replace all low-quality “fast foods” of the school meals program with healthy organic options for the students of [Your School District]. The recommendations constitute a significant opportunity to positively impact students’ academic performance and health through increased access to higher-quality foods and improved nutrition.

There is an increasing body of literature that suggests a connection between improved nutrition and optimal brain function and better scholastic performance. Food served in our public schools should consistently be of a quality that allows students to attain their academic potential. Organic food specifically is the only food certified by the USDA to have no artificial colors, flavors, irradiation, and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). Furthermore, there are numerous health advantages to maintaining an organic-based balanced diet from a young age, including avoiding obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart and blood pressure problems, and respiratory ailments.

With these kinds of outcomes, we believe that investing in healthier, organic food options for our students is a no-brainer. We call for a plan from [Insert School Board or Superintendent Name] and the community to work together to offer more healthy or local organic food to our kids.

We respectfully request your prompt attention and a public response to this request.

Sincerely,
[Your Name or Names]

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