Urban School Food Alliance
The Urban School Food Alliance was created by school foodservice professionals in 2012 to address the unique needs of the nation’s largest school districts. As a 501©3 nonprofit, we share best practices, develop procurement strategies, and advocate for the health and wellness of students.
Leveraging our collective voice to transform school meals
All students have access to no-cost, high-quality, healthy meals
“We weren’t trying to be a buying group, we were trying to be a market changer.”
In the summer of 2012, representatives from six of the largest school districts in the country began to discuss the idea of a partnership. These districts shared many commonalities: progressive leadership, a commitment to collaboration and incredible purchasing power.
They also shared concerns that the existing school food system was not meeting their needs and a willingness to stimulate that system to obtain healthy, high-quality products for the students they serve. During the initial meeting, members discussed their common ground, potential paths for partnership and opportunities to use their collective voices to create change.
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