Project: HEALTHY FOODS TASK FORCE: SACRAMENTO CITY JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

What is the goal?

To increase students’ consumption of healthy food and change the culture of eating at school campuses across the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD).

Why is this important?

SCUSD serves 47,500 students at 81 school sites, many in low-income neighborhoods. For too many school kids lunch may be the only full meal they consume each day. The nutritional value and appeal of the food served is important to the health and well-being of the students.

What is Valley Vision doing about it?

Valley Vision developed the task force at the request of SCUSD Superintendent Jonathan Raymond, who was committed to transforming the way students ate. We facilitated the task force and its subcommittees as they worked to increase access to healthy foods and snacks.  The task force includes representatives of the school district’s nutrition services department, school board, faculty, school gardens coalition, health services, and multiple nonprofits working with the school district in various capacities.

Through the task force, Valley Vision is now facilitating the District Wellness Committee for the school district to revise the School Wellness Policy, a requirement of all school districts that receive reimbursement through the Federal School Lunch Program. The School Wellness Policy will support the district in providing a healthier environment for its students.

When?

The Healthy Foods Task Force was created in 2010 and this project is continued through the 2016-2017 school year.

Results

  • The school board passed a resolution that every school will have a salad bar at lunch. This was achieved in 2011.
  • 35 of 80 school sites have a school garden.
  • A network of school garden coordinators is being developed.
  • The school district works with several local growers to purchase locally-grown produce.

 

Partners

  • SCUSD Nutrition Services Department
  • SCUSD Board of Trustees
  • SCUSD Operations & Maintenance Department
  • Soil Born Farms
  • The California Endowment
  • Health Education Council
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