AIM Academy's lunch program was launched with the assistance of the Vetri Foundation for Children, a non-profit foundation which assists schools in establishing thoughtfully-conceived school lunch programs. Today our scratch kitchen prepares lunch for students and staff each day that provides three healthy food choices each day and creates an environment where children sit at round tables and experience social interaction and communication.
Key aspects of the AIM Lunch Program:
- Teachers model for students how to set and clear a table, how to work together as a team, and to try new foods.
- Meals are prepared on site, from scratch, with locally-sourced and grown foods
- Fresh salad and dessert, usually fresh fruit, are served daily.
- Children learn portion control and the connection between healthy eating and healthy living.
The interaction between students, faculty and staff pays dividends long beyond the lunch period. The community leaves the Dining Commons fueled both physically and psychologically, ready to tackle the afternoon's learning challenges. This unique experience results in healthier eating and provides a communal experience that is fun and relaxing.
We are reducing our carbon footprint through our Sustainability Partnerships:
- We participate in the “Meatless Monday” movement, started by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- We purchase as many food items as we can from Common Market Philadelphia, our liaison to an impressive number of local, independent farms.
- Currently, much of our kitchen waste goes to feed Chef Andrew Totaro’s nine chickens.
- We are partnering with students to grow herbs in our Garden Towers for use in the kitchen.
- Our cooking oil is converted to biofuel by Waste Oil Recyclers.
- We recycle all paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum and plastic.
- Please see all of our Sustainability Partners.