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The Lunch Box’s Resources section is the central library for all resource tools developed by The Lunch Box team and those shared by other School Food experts around the country. It is a wellspring of tools including evaluations, grant finding and writing tools, feasibility studies, case studies, Farm to School resources and more so you can consider and begin to take action to transform your school district’s food program from a highly processed to a scratch-cooking environment.
Food and Community

"Access to good food and opportunities for physical activity are critical components of improving children’s overall health. For more than 80 years, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has used its voice to advocate for equitable access to good food and physical activity, and to bring meaningful change to our food systems. As one of the nation's most active supporters of improving the quality of food that people eat, the foundation has provided upwards of $230 million in funding over the years and continues to invest in the good ideas that communities bring to the table.

Through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food & Community Program, the foundation targets investments to improve school food systems, increase access to good food and physical activity, and shape the national movement for healthy eating and active living."

Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library

"The Food and Nutrition Information Center - a leader in food and human nutrition information dissemination since 1971 - provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers. "

Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs

A food buying guide for purchasing for school meal programs. Also includes information about the meal planning patterns and other resources.


Food Choices: Quality of Food Stamp Program Participants
"Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 1999-2004) provide a comprehensive picture of the nutrient intakes, diet quality, and food choices of Food Stamp Program (FSP) participants. Data are presented for FSP participants, incomeeligible nonparticipants, and higher income nonparticipants, broken out by age and gender. In general, there are more similarities than differences across the three groups. Where differences occur,they tend to fall along income lines: Food Stamp participants and low income nonparticipants differed more from higher income individuals than each other."
Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy

"The Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First shapes how people think by analyzing the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and developing solutions in partnership with movements working for social change."

Food Irradiation: Public Citizen

Public Citizen Q&A about Food Irradiation.

Food Routes

"The FoodRoutes Web site is a project of FoodRoutes Network (FRN). FRN is a national nonprofit organization that provides communications tools, technical support, networking and information resources to organizations nationwide that are working to rebuild local, community-based food systems. FRN is dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their food – the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to their tables.
The goal of this Web site is to provide timely information, resources and market opportunities for the food and farming community, community-based nonprofits, the food concerned public, policy makers and the media."

Food Safety in the School Garden

University of Maryland Extension’s guide to food safety in school gardens

Food Safety Research Information Office

"The Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO) at the USDA National Agricultural Library was mandated by the United States Congress to support the needs of the research community in accordance with H.R. 2534 Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reauthorization Act of 1997, SEC. 615. FSRIO was formally launched on July 2, 2001.

FSRIO meets its congressional mandate through collecting, organizing and disseminating food safety research information via this Web site which features the Research Projects Database showcasing more than 6,500 research activities funded by U.S. and International government agencies and other organizations. FSRIO also provides a free reference service."