Healthy School Food Coalition
UEPI's Healthy School Food Coalition (HSFC) works with committed parents, teachers, students, and community members to develop and implement comprehensive food and nutrition policies in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
WHAT: HSFC's primary work is focused on school food policy implementation districtwide. Projects include: ongoing implementation of Breakfast in the Classroom program; ensuring that students have enough time to eat; making meals more appealing; engaging students to provide feedback on the nutrition programs in order to best meet their nutrition needs; and developing leadership to sustain the work at the ground level while collaborating with Cafeteria staff to improve service and meal programs. At the same time, HSFC is working on topics related to healthy beverages through research, education and policy. The story of the HSFC and how advocacy helped to change school food in Los Angeles is told in detail in The Transformation of the School Food Environment in Los Angeles.
WHERE: LAUSD is the second largest school district in the country and has the largest School Breakfast program. While the policies we have championed are to be implemented districtwide - at over 1081 schools - HSFC continues to offer training and organizing support in the Boyle Heights, Central and South Los Angeles areas. This 5-minute video presents students, school and cafeteria personnel, including from HSFC's partner sites, giving their views on the new standards for healthier school meals, based on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
HOW: The HSFC empowers students, parents, teachers, and interested community-based organizations with the knowledge and skills to become advocates for healthy school food through ongoing outreach and trainings. In addition, we collaborate with school food services administrators, the school board, and other community based organizations to work towards the full implementation of existing policies, and capitalize on available opportunities to strengthen school meal programs.
Through the HSFC, Occidental College students have had multiple opportunities for research and community based projects including facilitating workshops and focus groups, conducting field based research, and developing toolkits and reports. For current ways you can work with the HSFC, please visit the UEPI "Opportunities" page. For more information contact Elizabeth Medrano.
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