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Rachael Ray is taking a stand for child nutrition. Learn how you can join her in ensuring access to nutritious food for your kids and for all children across the country!
ABC's Nightline recently caught up with Rachael at P.S. 89 in New York City to discuss why she believes the food served in schools is so important. Joining her as she helped serve up Yum-o!'s first school lunch in conjunction with the NYC SchoolFood program, Nightline's Cynthia McFadden interviewed Rachael, who explained her passion around ensuring that all children have access to nutritious food.
"It's an opportunity to really level the playing field, no matter what socioeconomic background a kid comes from," Rachael said. "When they are in school they [can] have access – all of them – to good nutrition if we the adults provide it for them."
Check out a summary of the Nightline broadcast and view a video of her interview.
ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION?
There are several ways that you can get involved now at your child's school or in your community:
Join the Healthy Schools Program
Suggest that your school join Yum-o!'s partner, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's, free Healthy Schools program. The program offers a number of resources and support tools for their member schools. You can also learn from the success stories on their website that reflect positive changes that participating schools have made.
Change the Menu
Work with school administrators to incorporate healthier meal choices on the cafeteria menu, such as Yum-o! and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy School Meals.
Check out The Lunch Box
The Lunch Box is an online toolkit with "Healthy Tools For All Schools," packed with solutions at your fingertips. You can use any of these free tools to transform your school food into healthy and delicious food for all children, at every school. The recipes and other tools-for-change featured on this site have worked well for school districts across the country and can be used to make positive change happen in your community, too!
Download and Share Yum-o!'s Kitchen Road Map™
Yum-o!'s Kitchen Road Map series is an excellent resource for parents and schools. Many schools include it on their websites or in their school newsletters!
Join the Chefs Move to Schools Program
Run through the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign, the Chefs Move to Schools program is pairing chefs with interested schools in their communities to create healthy meals that meet the schools' dietary guidelines and budgets while teaching young people about nutrition and making balanced and healthy choices. To sign up your child's school for the Chefs Move to Schools program or to sign up as a chef in your community, visit the Chefs Move to Schools program website. You can also watch Rachael introduce the program, here.
Participate in Tray Talk, an Informational Online Community
Hosted by the School Nutrition Association (SNA), Tray Talk spotlights school meal successes and provides parents with information about healthy school meals.
Incorporate the Nourish curriculum at Your Middle School
The Nourish Middle School Curriculum Guide offers a rich set of resources to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability. Beautifully designed and brimming with big ideas, the materials contain a viewing guide, six learning activities, action projects, student handouts, bibliography and glossary.
Visit the How Cool Is That? Section on the Yum-o! Website
Check out the How Cool Is That? section of the Yum-o! website to find additional ideas that can be implemented at your school or at your afterschool programs.
Subscribe to Yum-o!'s Monthly Newsletter
Stay in touch with Yum-o! by subscribing to our monthly newsletter! We will communicate any planned expansions of the SchoolFood program in our newsletter, along with additional tips and tools for improving the food your children are served at school and our fun, fast and affordable recipes that you can cook together at home.