MORRISTOWN, NJ- Unity Charter School takes part in “Bring Your Parent to Lunch Day.”  Understanding the importance of community and parental involvement Unity took part in a national campaign developed to promote parental engagement. The goal of the program was to allow parents to learn more about what goes into putting together a healthy lunch.  It also opened the lines of communication between parents and school officials so they can work together to provide kids with the healthiest meals possible.

 “When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.” That’s the conclusion of A New Wave of Evidence, a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2002). “For us at Unity, having parents join their children for lunch, was an incredible opportunity for them to learn what their children consume and also a chance for them to see the care that goes into it’s preparation by our chef, Jackie,” said Executive Director Connie Sanchez.

At Unity, our goal is to teach students how to eat “further down the food chain” because much of the meat we consume is not produced in a sustainable manner. Vegetables and other plant-based foods can be directly harvested from the earth and served earth to table. Eating vegetable and grain-based foods directly, rather than feeding them to livestock, is more efficient and therefore sustainable. Throughout the day we had over 100 parents visit and dine with their children.  They enjoyed spooky whole-wheat linguine with pumpkin as well as fresh strawberries and watermelon.  It was an opportunity for Unity to receive direct feedback on the lunch program and for student and their families to experience Unity in a unique way. 

One of our parents Christine said, "As a working mom, it was nice to have lunch with my daughter and see all her friends enjoying good healthy meals.  At the same time, now I realize why she doesn't eat that much at lunch - she loves socializing too!"