The Lunch Box Expansion Project

by Chef Ann Foundation Vetted since 2012 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


Nearly one-third of children in the U.S. are obese, and another third are hungry. Children consume half - and often more - of their daily calories while at school. Schools are struggling to transition from highly-processed food products to scratch-cooked meals made from healthy, whole foods. F3 is expanding "The Lunch Box - Healthy Tools for All Schools" to include free, up-to-date resources that nurture children's bodies, minds, and futures.

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Our For the first time in two generations, America's children have shorter life expectancies than their parents. According to USDA, only 2% of children in the U.S. eat enough fruits and vegetables, and nearly a third are on track to contract Type II diabetes. Every day, 30 million children eat lunch provided by their school, where food service challenges contribute to these national problems. Highly-processed, ready-to-heat food loaded with fat, salt and sugar has become a staple of school lun


By providing every child with access to healthy, whole, delicious food every day, schools can positively impact our children's health. But they need help making systemic changes. The Lunch Box is updating our crucial tools to help schools fulfill recent changes in USDA guidelines. Over 19,000 visitors a month find free recipes, training videos, menu planners, financial templates, and educational curricula that help them solve every challenge from grassroots advocacy to inventory tracking.

Long-Term Impact

Well-nourished students have more energy, are able to focus for longer periods of time, and are better able to learn than those who are slowed down by empty calories and sugar crashes. The eating habits that children develop early in life will affect their diets - and their health - as adults. By changing the way children eat - and think about - food, we are helping to create a future generation of informed consumers and parents whose food choices will support sustainable, healthy food systems.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


The Lunch Box -- Healthy Tools for All Schools

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Chef Ann Foundation

Location: Boulder, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Ann Cooper
Boulder, CO United States
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