School Food FOCUS fact sheet: Big districts make a big impact

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Big Districts Make a Big Impact Changing School Food and Children’s Health Healthful • Regional


FOCUS works with many of the nation’s largest school districts Each FOCUS district enrolls between 40,000 and one million children. We assist these districts in wielding their high-volume purchasing power, making more healthful, regionally sourced, sustainably produced school food available to kids—supporting student achievement and health while benefiting farmers, regional economies, and the environment. FOCUS district total students =



Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics, School Year 2010-11

FOCUS helps the children most in need Most FOCUS districts have high rates of free or reducedprice meal eligibility, reflecting below average family incomes. Thirty-one million kids eat school lunch every day, five days a week, 180 days a year. For many, school lunch constitutes their main meal of the day. It is imperative that these meals are healthful and nourishing ones. U.S. School Children Eligible for Free or Reduced Meals

FOCUS District Average


U.S. Average*


*Source: National Center for Education Statistics, School Year 2010-11

Transforming Food Options for Children in the United States

Participating Districts and Partners Participating District

Healthful • Regional



Anoka-Hennepin School District (Minnesota) Austin Independent School District

Sustainable Food Center

Baltimore City Public Schools

Baltimore City Department of Planning; Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Beaverton School District (Oregon)


Boston Public Schools

Let’s Talk About Food; Harvard Food Law

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Mecklenburg County Health Department

Chicago Public Schools

Family Farmed; Healthy Schools Campaign

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Ohio State University Extension

Cobb County School District (Georgia)

Georgia Organics

Dallas Independent School District

Texas Agri-life Extension; Commit!

Denver Public Schools

Slow Food Denver

Des Moines Independent School District

National Center for Appropriate Technology

Detroit Public Schools

Detroit Eastern Market

District of Columbia Public Schools

DC Farm to School Network

Douglas County School District (Colorado)

Colorado Chefs Association

Greenville County Schools (South Carolina)

Piedmont Health Care Foundation

Houston Independent School District

CAN DO Houston

Jefferson County Public Schools (Colorado)

LiveWell Colorado; Slow Food Denver

Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky)

Louisville Farm to Table

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

Alignment Nashville

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Milwaukee Public Schools

Center for Resilient Cities

Minneapolis Public Schools

University of Minnesota

New York City Department of Education

City Harvest

Oakland Unified School District

Community Alliance with Family Farmers; Center for Ecoliteracy

Oklahoma City Public Schools

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry

Omaha Public Schools

Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition

School District of Philadelphia

The Food Trust; Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Portland Public Schools (Oregon)

Ecotrust; Oregon Department of Agriculture

Prince William County Public Schools

Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition

Riverside Unified School District (California)

Urban and Environmental Policy Institute

Saint Paul Public Schools

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

San Diego Unified School District

San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative

San Francisco Unified School District

San Francisco Department of Public Health

Seattle Public Schools

Washington State Department of Agriculture

Wake County Public Schools (North Carolina)

Advocates for Health in Action

Our work is made possible by generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment, Surdna Foundation, Susan & Michael Dell Foundation and J.R. Albert Foundation.

School Food FOCUS is a program of Public Health Solutions.

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