How are public schools evolving school lunches in accommodation to non-allergen health needs, religion, financial status, and food allergies
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By: Kerri Sullivan, Juliana Dellamarggio, Reed Grabowski and Andrew Morin

I. Description of Problem or Issue

a. How are schools evolving lunches in reaction to childhood obesity and type two diabetes?
b. How do schools accommodate for religion, specifically Muslim and Judaism, in the lunch room?
c. What measures are being taken to ensure the safety of students with food allergies?
d. How are socioeconomic factors and nutrition correlated with student performance?

II. Research Summary

Our research focuses on the struggles students face in the classrooms every day. Kerri's research is about non-allergen health needs in the lunch room, specifically diabetes and obesity. She explains the causes of obesity and how they can be overcome. She also talks about how students struggle with diabetes in school. Juliana's research is about how schools accommodate for religion in the classroom, specifically the Muslim and Judaism religions. She explains how schools include the halal meals for Muslim students and Kosher meals for Jewish students and how the schools don't want to pay for these special diets. Reed's research is about how schools accommodate for students with food allergies. He goes into depth about ways that schools can prevent these food from reaching the students, how schools can raise awareness of these allergies, and alternative options for students who have these allergies. Andrew's research is about how schools care for students who are in poor financial standing. He goes into depth about how schools provide subsidized lunches for these students, different food programs in low-income schools, breakfast in low income schools, and the SNAP program for families.

III. Group Product Overview

Our group will give a PowerPoint presentation where we will discuss the ways that health issues, religion, financial status, and food allergies play a part in the lunch room. We will also talk about what schools can do to accommodate for these issues. We will then do a little activity and have the class draw their perfect lunch to accommodate for themselves and any dietary needs that they have. Finally, we will play a game of Jeopardy to assess our classmates.

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V. Research Questions and Reference Summaries

Research Question
Kerri Sullivan
Juliana Dellamarggio
Reed Grabowski
Andrew Morin