The Urban School Food Alliance shares best practices and uses its purchasing power to continue to drive quality up and costs down while incorporating sound environmental practices.
New York City Department of Education (New York), Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles), Chicago Public Schools (Chicago), Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Miami), Dallas Independent School District (Dallas), Orange County Public Schools (Orlando), Broward County Public Schools (Fort Lauderdale), Clark County Public Schools (Las Vegas), School District of Philadelphia (Philadelphia), and Baltimore Public Schools (Baltimore) will coordinate menus to improve purchasing power from food providers so that costs are kept low.
“The Alliance will help us with costs and quality as we introduce more nutritional options for our students,” said Eric Goldstein, Chief Operating Officer for School Support Services that includes the school lunch program. Since 2004, the City has introduced a more nutritious menu; including offering fresh fruit at both breakfast and lunch. In recent years, the City introduced whole grain pasta, replaced white bread with whole wheat bread and installed more than 1,000 salad bars in schools.
The Urban School Food Alliance first met in the summer of 2012 and has worked to combine purchasing power and coordinate menu creation and food service. As a whole, the alliance procures more than $735 million in food and food supplies annually. The first-of-its-kind alliance will allow the districts to coordinate bulk item purchases from large venues to keep costs competitive.