News Release

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  6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301

1/19/2016
For Immediate Release
  Contact:
Ann Cooper, Director of BVSD Food Services
720-561-5042 / ann.cooper@bvsd.org

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Food Services received $272,620 grant to fund ongoing improvement of fresh, well-balanced meals for all students

 

The Boulder Valley School District Food Services Department has received $272,620 from the Colorado Health Foundation Gearing Up for Scratch Cooking Grant Program for the purchase and installation of new equipment at the district’s three regional production kitchens.

BVSD Food Services serves over 12,000 scratch-cooked meals to students every day. This funding will help to expand an ongoing initiative to improve the quality of food available to children at school. Known as the School Food Project, this initiative is committed to providing students with fresh, well-balanced meals and emphasizing Colorado-grown and produced foods, and natural or organic grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and meats. The grant has enabled BVSD to purchase and install two blast chillers and one walk-in freezer, and subsidized the cost of one vacuum mixer.

BVSD school buildings were not designed to support the move to scratch-cooked meals. Built mostly in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s — the heyday of canned, frozen, prepackaged, and preserved convenience foods — they have very small kitchens with inadequate space and equipment for actual cooking or even food storage beyond a day. Acquisition of the equipment needed for preparation, cooking, cold storage, and reheating has been a top priority.

BVSD’s three regional kitchens are now operating at full capacity and require additional equipment as student participation in the breakfast, snack and lunch programs continues to rise. BVSD Food Services is dedicated to providing healthy, delicious food at every meal so students can learn, think, and be the best they can be. The School Food Project also provides over 200 nutrition education programs to BVSD schools every year. Students learn where food comes from, what fresh food tastes like, and even how to grow and cook their own food.

The School Food Project is accepting donations to fund our mission to provide daily access to fresh flavorful and nutritious food made with wholesome and, when possible, local ingredients so that every child may thrive. For more information on how you can support the School Food Project, please visit bvsd.org/food or call 720-561-6005.


About the Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization that engages through grantmaking, public policy and advocacy, private sector engagement, strategic communications, evaluation for learning and assessment and by operating primary care residency training programs.  http://www.coloradohealth.org/

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