What’s for Lunch?

May 28 2021

For the past couple of weeks, the topic of school lunch has been percolating on the e-lists, simmering in school and university admin meetings, and has come to a full boil for many summer camps and programs. At our weekly Monday gathering, we devoted time to discussing, “What the lunch are we going to do???”

Breakfast is usually touted as the most important meal of the day, but many experts would argue that lunch at school is the key to student achievement and success at any age. Here are three things to consider about the importance of school lunch:

  1. Food insecurity is real – and more prevalent in PAISBOA member schools and universities than you realize.
  2. Students of all ages rely on schools and universities to provide a healthy lunch for a myriad of reasons.
  3. School lunch is about more than just physical nourishment.

As I was doing some research on school lunch, I found an awesome website created by the 2015 Cabrini University Communication Department senior honors convergence seminar. ServingFoodSolutions.com examines food insecurity through a variety of perspectives, including people personally affected by food insecurity, advocates for the hungry, policy experts, food businesses, medical professionals and more. It will give you something to chew on with your senior leadership team.

Check out some additional resources:

Be sure to check with your local health department for the most updated guidance, and attend any meetings organized by your health department or intermediate unit (PA).

For our part, PAISBOA will continue this conversation for those of you interested in exploring options for school lunch in the fall. If you have questions or topics we should add to our list for future Monday gatherings, please email them to Ron at [email protected]. In the meantime, Rachel will be working on some outreach to some local and national food service providers of all types to see how they are preparing for the 2021-2022 academic year. Again, your questions are welcome. When assessing food service relationships, as with any vendor, you want to consider liability, address clearances for employees and volunteers, and keep in mind student accommodations. If you are unsure, be sure to check with your institution’s legal counsel.

We look forward to seeing you at our special Tuesday Edition of our Monday Lunch with PAISBOA program next week on Tuesday, June 1 at 12:00 noon.

We hope you enjoy your Memorial Day break with good food, family, and friends. Happy Summer!

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