The Family-Style Service program takes lunch beyond the plate. By transforming the lunchroom from an assembly line into a place where food is served family-style, children learn how to slow down, share, and develop their social skills through the art of conversation.
Family-style meals create an interactive environment where kids don’t just eat lunch; they practice positive social behaviors and communication skills. Teachers and adult volunteers model good behavior for students, encouraging them to engage in positive conversations and try new foods. Students are challenged to serve in a leadership role, taking turns as Table Captains who set the table and retrieve meals for their peers.
Our partner school leaders point to family-style service as a key to improving school culture, encouraging attendance of both students and staff, and promoting healthy habits in and out of the lunchroom. This is a community-driven effort that takes commitment, communication, and active participation from all parties involved. Its intention is to foster an evolution of how students are not only experiencing their lunch, but perceiving food and mealtime interactions as a whole.