To close out the week on an encouraging note, head over to the Huffington Post and read “It Takes a Village to Transform School Lunches.” In the piece, writer and advocate Stacy Malkan explains how California’s West Contra Costa Unified School District recently finished up a “Conscious Kitchen” pilot program that brought fresh, local and organically grown breakfasts and lunches to 1,200 students and teachers at two of its schools.
Providing better school food comes at a cost, of course, and in this case the experiment involved the assistance of a nonprofit, Turning Green, as well as a crowd-funding campaign and grants from Patagonia, the Clif Bar Family Foundation and Dr. Bronner’s Family Foundation.
But as Malkan writes in her piece, the community considers the pilot as just “the first step to show what’s possible.” It also demonstrates what can be accomplished when a wide variety of stakeholders – in this case, parents, farmers, teachers, chefs, local businesses and the district – all come together in a robust partnership to improve kids’ health and wellbeing.
Stacy was kind enough to share with me some photos from the pilot that don’t appear on the HuffPo. Here’s a slideshow. (I love the fresh flowers on the tables!)
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back on TLT next week!
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