We’ve all been warned not to play with our food, but no one warns us against designing with our food.
This past summer, NESADSU students were asked to collaborate with faculty members Rita Daly, Masters in Graphic Design Program Director and Assistant Professor, Kate McLean, in the creation of food faces used to engage third and fourth graders in an initiative to improve the nutritional quality and to encourage the reduction of packaging in home prepared lunch boxes.
The results of the grant, The Green Project Lunch Box Study, awarded to The Friedman School of Nutrition Science at Tufts University, is a pilot program introduced to a select group of Massachusetts school this fall.
The project components included curriculum guides, student workbooks, a packaging guide for parents, and posters promoting the program. Lindsay Peterson, Project Manager of The GREEN Project Lunch Box Study, said “The GREEN materials are printed and we have conducted 9 teacher trainings thus far. The teachers are so enthusiastic about the materials. The project has been a dream to present this to the teachers – I can’t imagine having to sell a campaign that we are not so proud of”.
The designers would like to extend their thanks to the students for their creative and playful contribution to this characterful and important educational program.