Spring 5-19-2016

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Increasing consumption and decreasing food waste is an important issue in the National School Lunch Program. Specifically, fruit and vegetable waste represents the largest single food item left uneaten in the food trays of students across America. Research was collected through visual observation, evidence, and student surveys from five fourth grade students at a local elementary public charter school during lunch time. It was discovered that there is indeed a lack of consumption of fruits and vegetables. This Capstone Project focused on the application of the research-based solution, Smarter Lunchroom Movement. The recommended solution to this issue was applied during lunch time. The solution consisted of rearranging the way the food items were displayed and adding brightly colored signs to see if that would increase consumption of fruits and vegetables and decrease food waste in the National School Lunch Program. The findings showed a positive response to the implemented changes.

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