Lunch Box Heroes

The Lunch Box believes anyone feeding children healthy food is a hero. We’re here to share the stories of the unsung heroes who are your peers in change: school food service cooks, servers, directors, administrations and parent and student activists, all working hard across the country to change how we feed our children.

If you know someone doing great work to improve school food, let us know! Write to info@thelunchbox.org with, 'LunchBox Hero Suggestion' in the subject line.

From the Blog

Parents Do One Thing! – Michellee Senn

January 31, 2014

By Elyse Wood Juliano is eleven. He didn’t like the lunch they served at his new school in El Cerrito, California. The food was cold, soggy, processed, and notably less fresh than his former school in Hawaii. When Juliano came home, he often complained to his mother, Michellee Senn, a Brazilian native and trained chef. While most parents might come to the conclusion of packing their child... More

F3 Alum - Sunny Young

January 23, 2014

By Elyse Wood School District: Oxford School District How Many Schools? Six How Many Kids Served? 4,009 Kid’s Favorite Local Fruit/Vegetable: Watermelon and cucumbers Favorite Lunch Box Tools: “The recipes. It makes the whole experience here easier. They are in a formula that all cafeteria managers understand and can use.” Sunny Young, Program Director for Good Food for Oxford... More

Mount Horeb Serves Up Local!

September 04, 2013

Food Services Director: Michelle Denk How many kids served?  1500-1600 kids Percentage of free and reduced? 17% How many local farms in a given year do you work with? 2 or more Kids favorite local product? Watermelon, Popcorn, Strawberry Yogurt Parfait (local dairy) Most used Lunch Box tools? Resources and activities.   Schools are doing local food right all across the... More

Mount Horeb Serves Up Local!

September 04, 2013

  Food Services Director: Michelle Denk   How many kids served?  1500-1600 kids   Percentage of free and reduced? 17%   How many local farms in a given year do you work with? 2 or more   Kids favorite local product? Watermelon, Popcorn, Strawberry Yogurt Parfait (local dairy)   Most used Lunch Box tools? Resources and activities.... More

Ed Wlikins: Retiring School Lunch Legend

July 12, 2013

Ed Wilkins: Retiring school lunch legend School District: San Francisco Unified School District Number of Kids Served: 23,000 Favorite Childhood School Lunch: Enchilidas For Ed Wilkins, retiring food services director at San Francisco Unified School District, eating school lunch brings to mind fond memories.  “In all honesty, I would have been insulted if my parents packed me a school... More

Raising Awareness by Way of Food Rhapsodies

May 08, 2013

  In the age of YouTube and iPads, schools and organizations left and right are reaching out to kids about nutritious food on their own terms: rap videos. From light-hearted, kid-produced raps to lyrics demonstrating the profound dangers of processed foods, these videos entertain AND educate. We’ve compiled a few rap video all-stars for your enjoyment. “Keep it Fresh (The... More

Celebrating three years of “Let’s Move”

February 13, 2013

  The campaign to put salad bars in schools is sweeping across the nation. Today, lunch lines are loaded with lettuce, crammed with carrots, and overflowing with oranges - an amazing success made possible by valuable proponents and partners of Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools. Among these catalysts for change is the first lady, Michelle Obama. This month marks the three year... More

Bright Spot: Pueblo City Schools

November 14, 2012

Few cities can lay claim to a pepper. Pueblo, Colorado not only boasts its own pepper, it also claims that the Pueblo green chile pepper is the best green chile in the country! The same pride that the city shows in its chile can be seen in its schools. Whether it’s student achievement or the food they serve the students, Pueblo City Schools’ homegrown passion is evident. When Jill... More

Bright Spot: Riverside Unified School District

August 22, 2012

RUSD Director of Food Services Rodney Taylor meets with local farmer Bob Knight of Redlands, CA.  Taylor’s “Farmers’ Market Salad Bars” brings local produce into schools.   Rodney Taylor knows a few things about feeding children healthy and delicious food. He and his staff serve over 35,000 students a day in the 47 schools that make up Riverside Unified School... More

Bright Spot: New Haven Public Schools, Connecticut

May 14, 2012

Photo (Chris Volpe): Chef Tim Cipriano talks with a NHPS student at a community garden about how "one little tomato can change a whole generation of kids." New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) educates and feeds approximately 20,000 students in 46 schools. Of those students, 80% qualify for free and reduced student meals.  Executive Director of Food Services Tim Cipriano,... More