Food cooperatives care about providing good food, helpful nutritional information, and supporting their local communities—so it is not surprising that when the discussion turns to improving school nutrition, co-ops lend a hand. In 2005, large and small co-ops in New Hampshire and Vermont created the Co-ops to Kids project. Co-ops beyond NH and VT are also welcome to participate. Our on-going mission is to collect and share valuable information with community members via an online resource.
The key players in improving school nutrition are parents, teachers, school food service professionals, school nurses, administrators, the school board, and the students. In effect, they all need to be involved in changing such an important facet of school culture. And any or all of them will find useful information at the Co-ops to Kids site.
This on-line resource is rich with local and national resources to help meet the challenge of creating a more healthful school food and nutrition environment, such as:
The website is designed for easy use. From the home page, links give readers direct access to information by category. Parents, for example, will find information on healthy snacks, a snack shopping guide, and sources of trustworthy nutrition advice. Teachers will find curriculum ideas, nutrition information, and descriptions of classes on food and nutrition presented by local groups, including co-ops. Food service professionals will find supportive state and national resources, ongoing training opportunities, and more.