When it comes to your kid’s health and well-being, a paycheck shouldn’t be the barrier to balanced meals. However, research has documented that income level is related to eating patterns, with folks of a lower socioeconomic status having a poorer quality diet.
That’s why the story of how Revolution Foods is impacting kids’ health while making nutritious food accessible in my city, Washington, D.C., and throughout the U.S. is meaningful to me.
Any school can consider partnering with Revolution Foods. You may be inspired to introduce your school and the community programs around you to Revolution Foods after reading about the positive impact they’ve made in D.C. – and I hope you are.
Sponsored: I’m thrilled to be working with Revolution Foods on this blog post. Revolution Foods (www.revolutionfoods.com) is on a mission to build lifelong healthy eaters by making kid-inspired, chef-crafted food accessible to all. Each week Revolution Foods proudly designs, produces and delivers 2 million healthy, affordable meals to schools and community sites nationwide.
Revolution Foods is in 80% of D.C.’s Charter Schools
For eight years, Revolution Foods has grown its presence throughout the region and now serves 80% of charter schools in the District of Columbia, many of which are in lower income areas where families are in need of nutritious meals. Revolution Foods’ expansion in D.C is great news because it means more students will have regular access to fresh, local produce and high-quality proteins when they enjoy a school meal.
Revolution Foods Improves After School Meals Too
In addition to healthier lunches, charter schools that partner with Revolution Foods are now able to serve after-school meals, reducing food insecurity and hunger. This is especially important for growing high school-age kids, who often report feeling hungry after lunch and may not be able to enjoy a complete dinner at home.
To further expand their impact in D.C., Revolution Foods partners with Child Care Resources to provide over 2,000 wholesome suppers that exceed federal nutrition guidelines per day for kids in after-school programs. Previously, the program served mostly shelf-stable foods.
Revolution Foods Loves their Communities
Revolution Foods not only wants to improve access to more healthy meals but also help build a positive connection between students and food with community partners.
Here in D.C., Revolution Foods joined Martha’s Table to offer a “joyful market.” They provided a week’s worth of groceries, cooking demos and recipes for students to take home. Meaningful experiences like these help families stretch their grocery budget and enhance the positive connection to food.
In the summertime, the D.C. community is hopping with free and inexpensive summer camps through the Department of Parks and Recreation. Revolution Foods provides free, healthy meals at these camps and other community locations. Their impact is significant, with over 13,000 meals per day provided to D.C. kids.
Nationwide, Healthy Food Impact Adds Up
D.C. is just one story – the story of my hometown. There are literally hundreds of other stories about how Revolution Foods is positively impacting communities across the country.
Through its products and services, Revolution Foods covers over 400 cities and towns, serving 96,000 pounds of vegetables and 1.2 million servings of fruit per week!
Create a “Food Revolution” in Your Community
Schools nationwide can benefit from working with Revolution Foods, and it’s easy to take the next step.
Below you’ll find a list of ideas to get you going. Be sure to visit the Revolution Foods website (www.revolutionfoods.com) and follow them on social media too.
- Encourage your child to share what he/she is eating at school so that you understand his/her likes and dislikes as well as whether or not the meals meet your standards for nutrition and your child’s preferences for taste
- Be proactive in sharing your child’s feedback with school officials so they understand what changes need to be made to improve the quality of nutrition and taste
- Connect with your school administrators to understand how school meals are currently operated (i.e., does the school cook lunch on-site, source some meal components from a third-party vendor, etc.? )– this will also help you determine potential areas for improvement
- Advise your school to become more involved in citywide wellness by creating fun, educational courses or lessons so that students can learn about food at an early age
- Present Revolution Foods as a key partner for creating nutritious and delicious meals as well as prioritizing the importance of teaching students about healthy foods daily
Are you inspired by Revolution Foods’ story in D.C.? How would you like to see school meals improve in your community? Leave a comment below.