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.
With the majority of our students qualifying for free or reduced-priced meals due to financial hardships, school meals provide the most consistent source of daily nutrition for these children. As the Alliance, we understand our great responsibility to provide access to healthy meals for our students. When students eat well, they also do well in school.
To provide fresh, healthy and delicious meals to students, member districts work together on policy, share best practices and leverage our purchasing power to continue to drive food quality up and costs down while incorporating sound environmental practices.
“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.