If the school lunch problem is to be successfully addressed, the solution can’t come from the system that created it. We should look to the children, the ones who eat school lunches every day, to find a creative new ways to address the problem. With guidance and education children will choose food options that will strengthen their bodies and minds, especially when they are involved in how it is prepared and served. To ignore their input is to perpetuate the problem, no matter how many government regulations are thrown at schools.
The Radish Club is a compelling way to involve kids, not just by asking their opinions, but by allowing them to be a part of the process, from sowing the first seeds in a garden to preparing and serving meals to their classmates. Through field trips, menu and recipe development and nutrition education children in the club will have the skills they need to teach their classmates about healthy eating and can take the knowledge home, influencing their parents and families to eat better. The fresh perspective kids provide will give adults new information and insight and can help administrators shape not just the future of the school lunch experience, but the future health and wellbeing of each participating student.