Resources to Combat Lunchtime Isolation

The March 2018 issue of School Nutrition magazine puts Diversity + Inclusion at the forefront—and so should you! Read this month’s edition for articles on including your fellow SNA members, as well as options for keeping students from lunchtime isolation. In fact, listed below is bonus content from Freelance Writer Susan Davis Gryder’s article, “Alone No More,” on why and how you can assist students in your lunchroom to make them feel more included. Use the resource links to view available programming, then take an in-depth look at Beyond Differences and the student-centric initiatives they provide.



Beyond Differences: A Mission of Compassion

Beyond Differences was formed specifically to help end social isolation in middle school. In addition to the “No One EatsAlone” initiative, the organization operates two other student-led programs:

  • Know Your Classmates promotes identity and belonging by combatting hateful language, anxiety and fear of differences among middle school students. Last year, more than 700 schools participated in Know Your Classmates Day, gaining tools and skills in building compassion and empathy.
  • Call It Out provides a curriculum and support for school events intended to reduce gossip and create inclusive online communities.

For more information about these programs and to learn how to engage your students in these campaigns, visit

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