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).
December 2015 | School Food Convening on Feb. 10, 2016
The convening will be a great opportunity to:
- Learn more about school food policies and best practices
- Support efforts to improve the health and well-being of students
- Build your advocacy skills
- Network with other organizations focused on health and wellness in the greater Los Angeles area
- The federal school nutrition programs, such as the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, increase access to nutritious food for children. Nutritious school meals not only have a positive impact on student health but also academic achievement. Healthy diets are critical for reducing obesity and diet-related diseases such as diabetes.
- Over 2 million low-income students in California participate in the National School Lunch Program. Over 560,000 of these children are in Los Angeles County and over 190,000 reside in each of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. (See State & County Profiles. link)
- Ensuring school meals are nutritious and accessible helps to ensure that California kids are healthy and successful!
Who should attend?
Organizations and individuals interested in:
- Learning more about school food programs and policy and their impact on student health and academic achievement.
- Building advocacy skills – learning how to build support around an issue or policy.
- Taking action to improve the health and well-being of students, their families and the community.
- Networking with other organizations in the greater Los Angeles area.
- Anyone passionate about student wellness and nutrition!
We would like to extend a special invitation to organizations partnering with or working within Boyle Heights, Central Santa Ana, Long Beach, and South Los Angeles Building Healthy Communities sites. link
How much does the convening cost?
This convening is free of charge and lunch will be provided! Please RSVP. link
ABOUT HEALTHY SCHOOL FOOD COALITION
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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