Promoting ‘food literacy’ in schools

Scott Richardson believes that school meals should be treated as part of the educational experience.

Richardson, a student in the inaugural cohort of the PhD in Population Health Sciences program—a joint collaboration between Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences—was profiled in an April 29, 2019 Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) article. Richardson’s research is aimed at providing evidence-based improvements to school nutrition policy, so that children have consistent access to healthy foods as well as the knowledge to make healthy food choices throughout their lives.

“Better school meals can not only boost academic achievement, but are also a linchpin in solving the hunger-poverty cycle,” Richardson said. “That one kid in school who chooses the oiliest, most unhealthy meal during break? Who chooses the same thing again the next day, and the next? These interventions in food literacy are for them.”

Read the GSAS article: Better Food for Thought