Why the Program is Needed

When the cafeteria environment is pleasant, students eat more of their lunch, do better in their academic work, have fewer behavioral problems, and feel more connected to their school.1,2

For students, lunch should be an enjoyable part of the school day to:

  • Relax and take a break from classroom work
  • Become nourished, learn healthy eating habits, and try new food
  • Socialize with friends and learn how to be a good friend1
  • Learn appropriate mealtime behavior and manners

For cafeteria supervisors, lunchtime is an important time to interact with students in positive ways and encourage healthy eating and social interaction. Unfortunately, cafeteria supervisors are generally not given the education and support needed to do their jobs effectively.

1 Blum, R. (2005). School Connectedness: Improving the Lives of Students. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
2 Center for Ecoliteracy. (2010). Rethinking school lunch: A planning framework from the center of ecoliteracy. http://www.ecoliteracy.org/sites/default/files/uploads/rethinking_school_lunch_guide.pdf