School Food Education

AUNI has a talented team of nutrition educators who partner with teachers and school staff to deliver food education programs and activities. These programs stress the importance of where food comes from, growing food, good nutrition, food culture, and provides an opportunity for students, staff, and community members to take a leadership role in promoting healthy lifestyles within school environments.

Nutrition educators work in nearly 20 schools throughout West and Southwest Philadelphia and consistently introduce children to locally grown, fresh and nutritious food options.  Through our signature after-school activities — which include fruit stands, project clubs, cooking clubs, and garden clubs — students of all ages develop advanced skills and lead the charge of promoting a positive and healthy school culture. In addition to working with children, nutrition educators offer caregiver engagement events for parents and families during the school day as well as during out of school time hours.

AUNI’s School Food Education programs are offered largely as a part of the Pennsylvania State Nutrition Education TRACKS program (SNAP-Ed). Our program builds upon USDA SNAP-Ed resources such as MyPlate, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and Physical Activity Guidelines.

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Food Educator Elly Tonnin and elementary school students


School partners 2017-2018 include:

  • Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker
  • Mastery Charter School-Hardy Williams
  • Bartram, John High School
  • Bryant, William C. School
  • Comegys, Benjamin B. School
  • Gideon, Edward School
  • High School of the Future
  • Kenderton Elementary School
  • Lea, Henry C. School
  • Middle Years Alternative
  • Multi-Cultural Academy Charter School
  • Parkway West
  • Paul Robeson High School For Human Services
  • Sayre, William High School
  • Strawberry Mansion High School
  • The Workshop School
  • West Philadelphia High School