From the Blog

Clean Labels in School Food

An Interview with Life Time Foundation’s Nutrition Project Manager Megan Flynn, MPH, RD

Food Service Directors and their staff have many decisions to make, factors to consider, and tasks to accomplish before school...

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Ingredients for Salad Bar Success

How one Georgia school district brought salad bars to all their schools

By Laura PeuquetThis blog has been republished with the permission of Salad Bars to Schools. View the original...

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School Food Institute


The School Food Institute gives school food service professionals and childhood nutrition advocates the in-depth training, operational skills, and strategic vision necessary to make school food fresh, healthy, and sustainable. Our engaging online courses give you a front row seat in Chef Ann Cooper’s classroom, where you can learn directly from a leader in school food change on how to transition school meal programs to scratch-cooked operations that provide real, healthy food to kids at school every day.

Whether you are a school food professional, a parent, a teacher, an administrator, or an advocate of healthy food for all, we have something for you at the School Food Institute. Enroll today and be part of the movement to get fresh, healthy food to every child, every day.

Supporting Research

School Meal Programs Innovate to Improve Student Nutrition

Studies of schools in three states—Connecticut, Texas, and Washington—show that under the updated USDA nutrition standards, children's eating habits are...Read more

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Thank you to Life Time Foundation for funding the maintenance and upkeep of The Lunch Box and ensuring that all schools have free access. Learn more