Ensure No Child Eats Alone

2020-01-15

Being left out or feeling lonely or invisible are symptoms of social isolation, which is why Beyond Differences, a non-profit organization, created No One Eats Alone Day to prevent bullying and combat feelings of loneliness that can be felt by children each day at school lunch.

National No One Eats Alone Day is February 14, to enable students to make an impact on those in their own communities, create active inclusivity, which will, in turn, create changes that stick. A teen-led, grassroots program, Beyond Differences promotes this student-led lunchtime event to encourage students (their peers) to engage in simple acts of kindness at lunch, working to prevent bullying before it starts and empowering teens to lead the movement to change the culture of the school lunchroom. And not just on one particular day, but every day in the cafeteria.

Visit www.nooneeatsalone.org to access free resources to do all you can to champion this event supporting inclusion and anti-bullying awareness. You can download helpful flyers (in English and Spanish), conversation cards and suggested activities. The associated programming for No One Eats Alone Day is provided free of cost—all you have to do is sign up and Beyond Differences will send you a purple backpack with supplies.

For more on diversity, inclusion and student loneliness in the cafeteria, read “Alone No More,” as featured in the March 2018 issue of SN. To learn about National Bullying Prevention Month (October) or to find more key dates and ideas, visit the SN Promotion Calendar to download this free member resource.

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