comprehensive reform of a school district’s nutrition services in order to overcome systemic injustice and improve student health and academic
performance look like?
The Center for
Ecoliteracy provides a roadmap in a feasibility study completed for the Oakland
(California) Unified School District.
School Lunch Oakland Feasibility Study, by a
team of experts consultants commissioned by the Center, is based on CEL’s
Rethinking School Lunch planning framework, a whole-systems approach developed
over more than 15 years of work on school food issues.
The study was inspired by Oakland Superintendent Tony Smith’s belief that "School food reform
is not separate from school reform; it’s part of the basic work we have to do
in order to correct systemic justice, pursue equity, and give our children the
best future possible."
findings, recommendations, timetables, and estimated expenses in ten
interrelated dimensions of school food service operations: facilities,
finances, food and health, wellness policy, teaching and learning, the dining
experience, procurement, waste management, professional development, and
marketing and communications.
The Rethinking School Lunch Oakland Feasibility Study was funded by the TomKat Charitable
Trust with the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.