Food Waste Warriors Program

This program is really focused on giving young people a safe and supportive space for tasting new foods, with a goal of increasing their diet diversity. This curriculum really grew out of the observation that as schools started incorporating more healthy foods on their menus, students at school were eating even less as they threw away the new unfamiliar fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Diet diversity is an important measure of health, since the more types of foods we eat, the more likely it is that we are getting all of the nutrients we need for a healthy life. Food waste warriors focuses on basic nutrition and food tasting, give a younger audience a playful look at where foods come from, and also focuses on the importance of reducing food waste.

Program Overview

Session Structure Time Summary
Power Up 3 minutes A short ‘to-do’ activity in the form of a handout or teacher-led discussion to tie back into the previous call to action activity.
Teacher Introduction 3 minutes Teacher will set the stage for the content with a question, example, or introduction.
Content 6 minutes Main content or activity for the session.
Call to action 3 minutes Specific and measurable action items for students to ‘take home’ and report back on at the next session.






1 Lunch Heroes Learn about why school lunch is important
2 Roots of Food Learn about where food comes from and how it is grown.
3 Power Plates Learn about how different types of food groups meet different energy needs.
4 Rainbow Fruits and Vegetables Learn about colorful foods and why it is important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.
5 Great Grains Learn about the difference between whole and processed grains
6 Power Protein Learn about different types of plant and animal-based proteins and the importance of protein in a healthy diet.
7 Taste Town Learn about the seasonings, sweeteners, and fats.
8 Midway Content Review Review all concepts from first half of training through the ‘Fuel Up’ midway assessment
9 Food Advisors Evaluate the energy needs of a person based on their lifestyle and activities by using celebrities, athletes, world leaders and professionals as examples.
10 Global Lunch Use knowledge and skills about food groups to identify different components of lunch plates from different cultures.
11 Food Culture Recipes Use knowledge of balanced meals and food groups to share a favorite family/food culture recipe.
12 Label Literacy Learn how to read labels on packaged foods, understand the benefits of eating unpackaged foods, and apply their knowledge of food groups to this activity.
13 Healthy Snacks Rank snacks in terms of their relative health, using their new label skills.
14 Food Waste Warriors Part 1 Learn about what happens to food that is not eaten.


15 Food Waste Warriors Part 2 Understand how their food waste can impact the bigger problem of food waste, and how they can be part of the solution. They will also sign the Food Waste Warriors pledge
16 Final Pledge Graduate from the program and become certified Food Waste Warriors