Fresh It Up
The school cafeteria should be a place where students want to go because it is a pleasant and safe environment where kids can eat, socialize and relax before and between classes. Improving the feel of the cafeteria so that it is inviting and comfortable encourages students to stay at school during their lunch break and access healthier foods from the cafeteria. Earn this badge by improving the cafeteria experience using the Tools and Helpful Links provided!
Ask students what they think about the school cafeteria. Do they feel comfortable hanging out with their friends while eating familiar foods and trying new ones? Is it a pleasant, upbeat and fun environment in which to spend their lunch break?
Talk with the school’s Administration to see if it is possible to jazz things up a bit. For example, can the tables and seating arrangements be changed? Can there be music, movies and/or games? Are there cleaning procedures in place for microwave and toaster ovens?
Use the Cafeteria Revival Checklist (see Tools) to see what makes an eating space healthy and safe. Your cafeteria revival must meet these requirements to earn this badge.
Try at least one of the ideas below or come up with your own ideas to get students excited about eating in the redesigned cafeteria!