There are over 100,000 school cafeterias in America — that’s seven times more than the number of McDonald’s in the United States — meaning school meals play an incredibly powerful role in how 30 million kids connect to what they eat. School meals offer a powerful opportunity to change the trajectory of the health of a generation.
That’s why we’ve partnered with the nonprofit FoodCorps to reimagine school cafeterias. Through this partnership, we provided $1M in funding to support the next phase of FoodCorps’ work in cafeterias, while working together to address systemic challenges to serving healthy, high-quality food in schools.
However things still need to change…
In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act improved nutrition standards on school lunch and breakfast for millions of kids. The legislation required more whole grains, lower sodium levels, and more fruits and vegetables into our nation’s school lunches. These changes, which were implemented in 2012 were based on recommendations from pediatricians, nutritionists, and school food experts — bringing school meals into the modern era by making the most revolutionary updates to the nutrition standards since the 1970s.
In December 2018, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a final rule that rolled back these nutritional standards. This rollback now allows schools to ease up on the restrictions to sodium, serve more refined grains, and bring back sugary, flavored milk.
Today, July 1st, these changes went into effect. With more than 10 million students on track to develop diet-related diseases such as type-2 diabetes, we think kids deserve better.
We are committed to connecting kids to real food and if you’d like to support this message and serve change, here’s what you can do:
- Head to schools.sweetgreen.com to sign up to join FoodCorps’ pledge and stand up for healthy school food policies
- Re-post our pledge on Instagram
- Tweet using the hashtag #JoinTheFoodFight
Please participate in any way that feels authentic to you.
Our mission has always been to connect people to real food and we strongly believe that starts with the next generation.
Let’s move forward, not rollback.