National No One Eats Alone Day is a very special day because it marks the first step in making an important change in our schools. It’s a student-led effort to end the social isolation that can lead to bullying and other negative impacts on kids’ mental health and academic success.
No One Eats Alone takes place during lunch at school—typically in middle schools, but the program can be adapted for elementary and even high school students. During this event, students make a difference on their own school campus by making sure that everyone is included at lunch.
The goal is to create a culture in our schools that ensures all students feel included, valued and accepted by their peers.
If you’re interested in doing this program in your school, you can get everything you need by signing up at www.nooneeatsalone.org.
You’ll get a free purple backpack with all the materials your school needs to host the program, including balloons, napkins, plates, curriculum, flash cards and suggestions for activities.* You’ll also get information about upcoming conference calls to share ideas and hear about best practices from schools that have participated in past years.
No One Eats Alone is organized by Beyond Differences. This student/parent group was founded by the parents of Lili Smith, who was born with a cranial facial syndrome and was socially isolated during her middle school years. After Lili died at the age of 15, a group of her former classmates learned about Lili’s feelings of social isolation. These students banded together with their local community to bring change to their schools.
That’s why NATIONAL NO ONE EATS ALONE DAY is more than a single day—it’s really more like the dawning of a new day to bring about lasting change for the kids in our schools!
*Free backpacks available while supplies last.