This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Largest School Districts In U.S. Unite To Drive Food Costs Down And Quality Up

MIAMI, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time ever, the largest school districts in the U.S. announced today that they have banded together to share best practices and to build a coalition to drive food costs down and quality up, ultimately giving students healthy options for school meals.  The districts have formed the Urban School Food Alliance, which includes the school districts of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade as well as those in Dallas, Texas and Orlando, Fla.  The group, which procures more than $530 million in food and food supplies annually, aims to use its purchasing power to help drive down costs of food and supplies and to have vendors reformulate menu items to ensure that students continue to receive delicious and nutritious meals daily that exceed USDA guidelines.  The school districts in the alliance served more than 460 million meals during the 2011-2012 school year.  That's 2,565,500 meals daily.


"Forming such a partnership is unprecedented," says Rick Boull't, chief operating officer at Los Angeles Unified School District.  "It's an honor to be a part of an alliance that wants to move the needle when it comes to improving school food, while implementing eco-friendly practices."

The Urban School Food Alliance first met last summer in Denver and has since met regularly by tele-conference before today's in-person meeting in Miami.  The food services directors from each of the school districts share and review menu items to ensure that they provide access to meals that meet the following nutrient recommendations: whole grain products, low fat dairy, fresh produce and lean protein that when prepared are calorie conscious, and low in fat, sugar and sodium.  In addition to creating a purchasing powerhouse, the coalition is working to be more ecological by looking for alternatives to poly-styrene trays. 

"We want to give a national voice to a healthier meal program where costs are contained," says Eric Goldstein, chief executive officer of School Support Services for the New York City Department of Education, who spearheaded this alliance.  "Our urban school districts face unique challenges and we need to find innovative ways to meet them."

To show solidarity in providing healthy meals, the Urban School Food Alliance will be serving the same lunch at all six school districts on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.  The menu includes savory roasted chicken, brown rice with seasoned black or red beans, steamed green broccoli, fresh seasonal fruit and milk.  

In recent years, the school districts have implemented innovative ways to provide access to school meals including expanded options for reaching more students with breakfast on campus as well as supper after school in order to meet the needs of students.  In some of the districts, close to 90 percent of the student body qualifies for free and reduced price meals as a significant number of families live in poverty.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,804.80 +26.65 0.15%
S&P 500 2,070.65 +9.42 0.46%
NASDAQ 4,765.38 +16.9840 0.36%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs