Iowa Board of Regents

UI Research Improves School Lunches for Iowa K–12 Students

Erin Knipper talks about the upcoming weekend with a group of elementary school students during lunch at Maquoketa Valley Elementary School. Or what happened in their day, or about their favorite games.

Along the way, she slips in a casual comment about how good the food on the students’ plates looks, then moves on to the next topic of discussion.

Knipper is an eighth-grader at Maquoketa Valley Middle School in Delhi, Iowa, and a Cafeteria Captain, an older student who works with fourth-graders in the school to encourage them to eat healthier lunches and develop good eating habits while they’re young.

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