Students will be able to complete a school lunch survey in order to identify areas of improvement in the quality of their lunch options. Students will then create new menus based on the National Lunch Standards that will be presented to panel of judges and submitted to the Department of Education for consideration as lunch options.
The students completed a school lunch survey to examine the nutritional quality of their school meals. Their data analysis showed a high level of sodium in the food, and an overall absence of fresh produce. Using their results, students designed new lunch menus following the National Lunch Standards signed by President Obama.
Groups of students presented their menus to a panel of judges, including community leaders such as a city council staff member and the executive director of a local food cooperative. The judges scored the groups, evaluating their proposed menus based on a checklist of nutritional requirements, as well as their ability to answer in-depth questions about food issues.