NATIONAL NO ONE EATS ALONE DAY
On an early Friday in February, lunchrooms across America have accepted the mission started by National No One Eats Alone Day.
No One Eats Alone is a positive initiative from nonprofit Beyond Differences aimed at creating a lunchtime of inclusion. Organized by students for students, middle schools across the nation look beyond differences and find ways to start conversations at lunchtime – with everyone. No one eats alone.
That means every student in every lunchroom across the country will be eating with someone else. Students have taken up the charge to see to it that they invite other students to join them. They are making room. Filling empty seats or filling tables that were once occupied by only one student. They’re starting conversations, closing the divide, and sitting with others. And they’re getting to know people across the table. No matter their differences, no matter what, no one eats alone.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NoOneEatsAloneDay
Join the movement. If your school doesn’t participate, encourage them to start. Create an inclusive lunchroom at your school and encourage each other to engage in positive conversations.
Sometimes it’s hard to break the ice. We’ve provided some conversation starters perfect for lunchtime. So, when you see someone eating alone, you’ll have a few ways to get the conversation started. Don’t be nervous. You can do it! We even have some conversation starters to help you out.
- Start with a joke.
- Offer a compliment.
- Find something in common.
- Ask for an opinion about an assignment.
- Mention a movie you saw this weekend.
- Tell a funny story about yourself.
- Talk about the menu – especially your favorite foods.
- Bring a card game to play.
Find out more at No One Eats Alone and use #NoOneEatsAloneDay to share on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for lessons and ideas.
NO ONE EATS ALONE DAY HISTORY
18 February 2022