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Our Children, Our City Stakeholder Engagement Townhall Event!

November 27th, 2013

Our Children, Our City Stakeholder Engagement Process, a project of Community Initiatives, is hosting a youth town hall to inform the renewal of two important funds affecting youth in San Francisco (PEEF and the Children’s Fund).
The event is on December 5th from 4:30- 7:30pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral Event Center on 1111 Gough Street.
We would love to see a large turn-out of young people to this event who are concerned for and engaged in the further of our youth in San Francisco.
For more information about Our Children, Our City Stakeholder Engagement, click here!

Check out the Townhall Event flyer below!
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Youth UpRising viewing of the AIDS Memorial Quilt

November 26th, 2013

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Please attend Youth UpRising on December 5th for an opening reception and viewing of sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to honor World AIDS Day and HIV/AIDS awareness.  

“The Quilt is an emotionally moving testament to those whose lives have been impacted by HIV and AIDS – not only those who have passed away from the disease, but their friends, families and communities who remain to tell the stories of their loved ones. The experience is a celebration of life and a vehicle for thought andvaluable discussion about how we continue to increase awareness and work together to end the pandemic that has impacted our community.

Join us from 4:00-5:30pmas we hear from local leaders and direct service providers about the state of HIV and AIDS in Alameda County, test your knowledge about HIV and AIDS (we have prizes!), and network with local organizations who provide resources, education, and care for those living with HIV or AIDS.

Please RSVP by Dec 2nd.  Feel free to pass this invitationon to your Alameda County networks – we expect participation at the local, county, and state levels.

The Quilt will continue to be on display for public viewing through December 11th. Please see the attachment to this email for information to schedule a guided viewing/workshop for your group.

For more information, please contact Lisa Evans, Queers&Allies Initiatives Coordinator, at aevans@youthuprising.org or 510.777.9909 x138.

To learn more about the Names Project and the AIDS Memorial Quilt, please go to: www.aidsquilt.org.”-Queers&Allies Initiative

Wishbone.org is accepting applications!

November 20th, 2013

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Wishbone is currently accepting applications from promising high school students who would like to attend a top-notch summer program. Wishbone is a non-profit organization that enables high school students with limited financial resources to pursue their passions by helping them access and afford high-quality summer and after-school programs.

We are currently accepting applications from high school students interested in participating in Wishbone to attend the summer program of their choice. To qualify, students must attend high school in the SF Bay Area, identify a passion/interest they would like to pursue, and require financial assistance to afford program participation.

Please visit www.wishbone.org/students to learn more and to access the first phase of the application.

The Youth Empowerment Fund announces its 2nd annual Poster and Scholarship Contest!

Let Your Voice Be Heard, Let Your Mind Be Free Poster Contest

November 20th, 2013

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*Contest for youth ages 12-15 and 15-18. Submissions due November 25th *
1. First place winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship, plus printing and mass distribution of the poster
2. Second place winners will receive a $750 scholarship
3. Third place winners will receive a $500 scholarship
In addition, all winners will be asked to nominate a charity or non-profit organization based in San Francisco to be awarded a matching grant amount.*

For more information, please visit the www.yefsf.org or click here to view YEF Poster Contest 2013 flyer

Nutrition Soldiers having a party! You’re invited!

November 19th, 2013

San Francisco Programs’ Nutrition Soldiers is having a launch party, “Nutrition is Our Tradition”!
This awesome party will be at All Good Pizza in Bayview on December 6th from 4-6pm. Be prepared for delicious food and celebration!
Check out the Nutrition Flyer for more info!

San Francisco Charities Contest!

November 6th, 2013

“It’s time for the second phase of our Favorite Charities contest, created in partnership with fellow San Francisco native Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Thanks to over 6,000 of your nominations (!!!), San Francisco has named its top 49 non-profits. It’s now time to vote!
Seven of these will be taking home cash – the top six will be taking home $2,000 grants from PG&E. But, one who garners the most votes will have their holidays brightened with a total of $10,000.
So vote for your favorite in each of the seven categories below. The winner of each category will go on to compete for top billing and the $10,000.
Voting for the Top 49 will continue through 5 p.m. on November 12.
Voting for the Top 7 begins on November 13.
After you read below about how these awesome charities are helping San Francisco, you can vote at the bottom of the page.” – 7×7 Editors
Here at YLI San Francisco, we are so proud of our partners, JCYC Education Services and College Track for making this list! Please keep them in mind when making your decision!
For the link to vote and the entire list of charities, please click here!

Nutrition Soliders in partnership with Shape Up San Francisco Coalition

November 5th, 2013

San Francisco Programs’ Nutrition Soliders has made their way to Shape-up San Francisco’s Coalition webpage!

For the entire story, click here!

For more information about Shape Up San Francisco Coalition, click here to visit their facebook page!

Nutrition Soldiers messages: Keep ’em Coming!

October 22nd, 2013

Nutrition Is Our Tradition campaign posters and ads are up everywhere! This is amazing momentum and we are continuously proud of Nutrition Soldiers!
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Welcome Marcel, our new SFSU intern!

October 22nd, 2013

Please help the San Francisco team welcome Marcel Harris, our newest Health Education intern from San Francisco State University! Marcel has already been a monumental help to the SF Programs and has been particularly helpful with the Nutrition Soldiers group out of the Bayview. Please take a look at Marcels biography below.

Marcel Harris was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. He is the oldest of 12 siblings and the first to attend college. His father is of Belizean decent and his mother of Coastal Chumash Native American heritage. Marcel currently attends San Francisco State University and looks forward to receiving his Bachelor’s degree this December with an emphasis in Community-Based Public Health. After completing his undergraduate studies he plans to attend a Master’s program in Public Health at UC Berkeley. Marcel loves to cook and during his free time plays basketball.

One of his goals in life is to open a restaurant that provides healthy and affordable meals to all. Another personal goal is to help build sustainable environments for young people to thrive and create solid foundations that empower youth. Marcel is very thankful and happy to be interning at the Youth Leadership Institute in San Francisco and excited about working with Nutrition Soldiers on accessing the healthy foods campaign in the Bayview District. He believes the experience at YLI will be very helpful in preparing for future career opportunities.

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Again, welcome Marcel! We are so excited to have you!
If anyone would like to contact Marcel, please email him at mharris@yli.org. Feel free to send him a warm welcome!

BLING has release applications for $$$

October 17th, 2013
Hey Everybody,
Im Daijahnique, from BLING at Youth Leadership Institute. I would like to inform you about our application that we have released today, we encourage everyone with an idea for a project to make change to apply!
Projects must be in SF with a core group of youth ages 13-17 and must address a need of SF youth and their communities. 
Check out our application due November 18th at this link!
 
Also, be sure to check out our video, which also has a linc to the application
For updates follow us!
Facebook:  Bling fouronefive
Twitter: Bling415
Thank you
❤  BLING

TURF’s Visit to Crissy Field Center

October 8th, 2013

TURF visited the Crissy Field Center today to learn more about their youth leadership programs and the awesome environmental justice work being done. Can’t beat this view!
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Nutrition Soldiers MUNI ads up!

October 7th, 2013

Congratulations to the Nutrition Soldiers in the Bayview!! Youth have been working on a Make Nutrition our Tradition social media campaign to build the demand for healthy foods in Bayview-Hunters Point. Please keep an eye out for these advertisement on your MUNI route!
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B.L.I.N.G. HAS BEGUN!

October 4th, 2013

9 amazing youth leaders have started to work together to learn about philanthropy and think critically about how it relates to social justice.  BLING is thrilled to be able to fund youth ideas for social change with up to $5,000.  BLING youth have been engaging with youth and adult allies in their communities to shape their funding priorities and grant application process.

BMAGIC Back to School Event

August 26th, 2013

BMAGIC’s back to school event was awesome! Over 2,000 people attended and learned about community resources in Bayview. The YLI table was a huge hit with young people, especially these two boys!
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Congratulations to Luisa Sicairos! Youth Commissioner for D.6

August 20th, 2013

On behalf of the Youth Leadership Institute, we want to send out a VERY big congratulations to Luisa Sicairos for being appointed to San Francisco’s Youth Commission representing District 6.
Luisa is currently an advocate with the TURF (Tobacco Use Reduction Force) program and has been a youth leader with the Youth Leadership Institute for going-on 8 years.
“The Youth Commission is a body of 17 San Franciscans between the ages of 12 and 23. The commission is responsible for advising the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor on policies and laws related to young people. The Youth Commission is also charged with providing comment and recommendation on all proposed laws that would primarily affect youth before the Board takes final action.” (sfbos.com)
Luisa has been a colossal change-agenent for the communities of San Francisco and we are extremely excited to see her utilize her leadership skills and inspire other youth in San Francisco.

Oasis For Girls seeks CREATE Arts Education Intern

August 8th, 2013

Oasis For Girls is looking for a CREATE Arts Education Intern for this Fall! This is a unique opportunity to be mentored by a working artist as well as, gain hands on experience working in the youth development field with high school girls. The posting is below and applications are due Friday, August 23rd!
Job Title:
CREATE Arts Education Intern

About Oasis For Girls:
The mission of Oasis For Girls is to partner with girls and young women of color from under-resourced communities to help them cultivate the skills, knowledge, and confidence to discover their dreams and build strongfutures.
About Our Programs:
Our Springboard Series for girls is a year long sequence that emphasizes the development of both internal awareness and external skills. The Series provides girls with opportunities to create trusting relationships with positive, supportive adults, to develop a sense of identity and partnership with their group, and to build and practice key skills.
RISE Life-Skills Education:
· “Discovering Myself” focuses on positive decision making to navigate the challenges of adolescence. Workshop topics include safer sex, self defense, healthy relationships, nutrition, and more.
CREATE Arts Education:
· “Discovering My World” emphasizes the development of creative writing skills toward improved academic performance and healthy self expression. The Arts Education program is offered through an innovative collaboration with WritersCorps.
ENVISION College & Career:
· “Building My Future” combines hands-on technology training, academic support, and job readiness skills to support young women in paving a path to school and career.
The Springboard Series is offered three times per year, 2-4 hours per day, in 8-12 week sessions. Participants earn $300-500 stipends during their tenure in the program.
About Our Girls
Oasis For Girls focuses on low income immigrant girls and girls of color, ages 14-17, in San Francisco. We strive to work with girls who are “on the edge” of risk; those who are “off the radar” or unnoticed, disengaged and undersupported; and those who have just begun dabbling in difficulty.
Description of Position:
Oasis For Girls is seeking a CREATE Intern to provide administrative and programmatic support to our partner, WritersCorps, in planning, implementing, and evaluating the CREATE program. The program runs September 17th-December 6th, 2013 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4:30-6:30 pm and Intern must be available for all program sessions.

Reports to:
Executive Director

Responsibilities include:
· Program Assistance:
1. Program set up/ clean up support
2. Maintain program attendance records, as well as collect necessary forms from programparticipants
3. Oversee girl leadership roles and responsibilities in the program
4. Provide behavior management and facilitation support to WritersCorps staff
5. Work individually with girls on arts projects
6. Act as chaperon on program field trips as necessary
· Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
· B.A. (or currently pursuing) in any relevant field including arts, education, social sciences, ethnic studies, women studies, or equivalent experience.
· Demonstrated experience working high school aged and slightly older who are low income & ethnically diverse.
· Interest in learning how to develop curriculum and art based learning projects.
· Ability to develop strong relationships and work closely with diverse individuals and organizations.
· Ability to work independently and is self-motivated.
· Effective time management and organization skills.
· Clear and effective communication skills.
· Strong problem solving skills, flexibility, and positive work ethic.
· Familiarity with young women’s issues and urban youth issues.
· Commitment to social justice.

Desired Qualifications:
· Experience creating and implementing innovative, creative & quality programming for youth.
· Bilingualin Spanish or Asian language.
· Positive outlook, high energy, and attitude.

Compensation:
This is a 10-12 hour/week unpaid volunteer position.

TO APPLY:
Please email a cover letter, references and resume by August 23rd, 2013 to Executive Director, Jessica Van Tuyl. Position begins September 9th, 2013. No calls please.

Oasis For Girls, a project of the Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer.

YLI’s Nutrition Soldier’s Now Accepting Youth Leader Applications

August 2nd, 2013

Nutrition Soliders is a program based in Bayview/Hunters Point that is led by young people from the community to build the demand for healthy food through a social marketing campaign. Last year, youth conducted research and engaged the community in a message that will help with heathy eating.

Youth participants will continue to conduct a social marketing campaign, build relationships with other youth and adults in the community, attend events and health fairs, and educate others about the importance of healthy foods in the community.

If you would like more information or would like to apply for Nutrition Soldiers, please click NS Application

YLI Youth Advocate presents before the Land Use and Economic Development Committee

July 24th, 2013

The Healthy Retailer Incentive Program is a program that is going to help businesses bring healthier foods to their stores. The program will help bring healthier options in our communities that lack healthy foods, including the Tenderloin and Bayview. Fiorella, a TURF member, spoke in favor of this program on Monday in front of the SF Board of Supervisors’ Land Use and Economic Development Committee! Because of the community support, including the voice of young people, the policy is being recommended for approval!
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“Tobacco Sales to Youth Slip”, an SF Gate Article to be featured in the Chronicle!

July 3rd, 2013

Our very own Tobacco USe Reduction Force campaign was highlighted in a San Francisco Gate article yesterday, July 2nd!

“Research conducted by the Tobacco Use Reduction Force, a group of seven young people who each represent a different neighborhood, found that of the more than 1000 tobacco retailers in the city, 517 were located in just three of the eleven districts, all with a lower than average median income.

“These high concentrations normalize the use of tobacco in disadvantaged communities,” said Avni Desai, program coordinator at the Youth Leadership Institute, which runs the TURF program. “It creates a health disparity.”
For the entire article, click here!

For the Love of the City – A play about city awareness (July 12-14th)

July 1st, 2013

Each year, our Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders (I-YEL) develop a project that addresses an environmental or social issue. This year, our interns chose to do a play. They have written an entire script, memorized their lines, created their own props and costumes, and are ready to perform for an audience!
“Through the struggle of love, a girl and a boy from opposite tracks, discovers the true value of their city.”
The play, “For the Love of the City,” created by San Francisco is designed to explore issues affecting residents of San Francisco and to reveal highlights from the city. Themes such as local businesses and awareness of neighborhood parks are tackled in this theater production. This play will leave you with one question: “What does it mean to love your city?”
Join us as we address this question together as a community. Also, there will be opportunities to explore art pieces from local artists and win prizes sponsored by local businesses.
Play dates:
Friday, July 12th at 7pm
Saturday, July 13th at 7pm
Sunday, July 14th at 2pm
at Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission St, Suite 109
San Francisco, CA 94013
Tickets are $5 for youth and $7 for adults, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Tickets are limited. For advance ticket sales, contact Jie Chen at (415) 561-7766. All proceeds support youth programs at the Crissy Field Center.
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Attention Youth! SF TAY is looking to hire 2 Advocates!!

June 27th, 2013

San Francisco TAY (Transitional Age Youth) is looking for a research, advocacy, policy and practice initiative advocate between the age of 16-24 years old. This is an amazing opportunity to make positive impacts within the city and county of San Francisco!
Application attached here!
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Nutrition Soldiers Presenting at the Childhood Obesity Conference

June 20th 2013

Nutrition Soldiers had the honor of attending and presenting at the 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference. On Wednesday, June 19th, Mary and Avni presented to a room full of about 200 people on the food justice work that Nutrition Soldiers is leading in Bayview! People from throughout the country were attending and wanting to learn about how to engage youth in obesity prevention work!

Take a look at these pictures of Marry and Avni!
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Charleshon performing at Bayview Opera House

June 14th 2013

Charleshon, 17, a youth advocate from Nutrition Soldiers, performing at the Bayview Opera House last week with other youth from the Bayview. Well done, Charleshon! What a pleasure to have watched you perform!
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Welcome our new intern, Jessica!

May 15th, 2013

We would like to welcome Jessica Thompson, our new University of Michigan intern, who will be assisting us during the summer. We are glad to have you, Jessica! Welcome to YLI!
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SF Programs end-of-the-year Party

June 6th, 2013

Youth from YLI San Francisco Programs had SO MUCH FUN yesterday at Dolores Park where we celebrated our End-of-The-Year Party! Youth from QUUAD, WPx3, Nutrition Soldiers, NFG, APT, and TURF celebrated an amazing year, gave some props and appreciations, played some SUPER fun basketball, and shared our excitement for summer. This party was both fun and extremely meaningful; what an amazing way to close-up a very productive and eventful year!

A big Thank You to all the youth who were able to attend, and to those who were unable, we wish you an amazing summer and thanks for all of your hard work and dedication :)

Supervisor Mar Commendations for TURF Advocates

June 4th 2013
This past Tuesday, June 4th, Supervisors Mar of District 1 (Richmond ) of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors presented Tobacco Use Reduction Force advocates with Commendation Awards for TURF Youth Leadership for the health of San Franciscans. This was quite the honor as the commendations were given before the Board of Supervisors at City Hall! TURF advocates would like to thank Supervisor Eric Mar for being a community hero who continues to support and inspire youth leaders across the City!
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TURF PSA at the San Francisco Green Film Festival

June 4th 2013
Tobacco Use Reduction Force youth advocates were so excited to have had their PSA (Public Service Announcement) screened at the San Francisco Green Film Festival this past Tuesday the 4th of June. Along with the TURF PSA, there were a number of amazing environmentally conscious films screenings. What an honor to have been part of such an acclaimed San Francisco Event! View the TURF PSA by clicking here!
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TURF meets with Supervisor Avalos of District 11!

May 3rd, 2013

TURF advocates met with Supervisor Avalos in May to discuss their proposal to reduce the number of tobacco permits in districts oversaturated with tobacco, including SOMA, Tenderloin, and the Excelsior! Supervisor Avalos is very supportive of YLI youth and is concerned about tobacco! He supports the equitable distribution of tobacco permits, which would reduce tobacco-related health disparities and support healthy, thriving communities in SF!

TURF with Supervisor Avalos

TURF Tabling at the BART BLUE SKY FESTIVAL

April 2013
TURF Youth Advocates had the opportunity to table at the annual BART BLUE SKY FESTIVAL this past Friday, April 19 at Hermosa Plaza! We gained an additional 329 individual and organizational endorsements from attendee’s of the festival and had an amazing time! We would like to thank BART for hosting such a fun and well-attended event!
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April 2013

Wow!! Congratulation to TURF Youth Advocates for being featured on a segment of ABC7 News!
To view the segment, click here!

February 2013

Let’s welcome our two newest team members!!
Avni Desai, Program Coordinator
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Avani is originally from Upstate New York and her immediate family lives in Fremont. She completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA with a focus in Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics. She then went on to complete her Master’s in Public Health at Loma Linda University. Avani’s previous experience includes alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drug policy work. She joins us from the Contra Costa Public Health Department where she worked on tobacco policy. Her prior work includes positions as the Project Coordinator/Prevention Specialist at CommPre and as Program Evaluator with the Youth Action Project. She has also received the APHA Student Award in Community Development in 2009 and 2010!
And…
Naveen Khan, SF State Intern
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Naveen is a senior at SF State in the Health Education Department.

Congratulations to TURF, whose PSA wining BREATH CA CLEAR THE AIR FILM FEST General Category, well done!

This past Thursday evening, March 7th, Vince Mazzaferro, Special Events Manager at Breath CA, presented TURF with a first place award in the General Category at the 2nd annual Breath CA film fest for their awesome PSA video. TURF youth advocates and former program coordinator, Catherine-Mercedes Judge, accepted the award and now have a PSA headed to San Francisco’s 3rd annual Green Film Festival. Well done, TURF!

To view the winning PSA, click here!

Tobacco Use Reductio Force (TURF) Youth Advocates Tabling in front PODER

This past Wednesday, February 27th, our friends at PODER in Mission District shared their space and allowed TURF youth advocates to hold a tabling event. The purpose of the event was to reach out to the Mission community to gain support for our policy, and we certainly achieved our goal! We want to thank PODER and all of the local organizations and residents who made this event to successful!

Check out some of our pictures from tabling below!

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Free Muni for Youth Starts Friday, March 8th!

Calling San Francisco Youth!  Tired of sneaking through the fare gate? Ready to ride MUNI to school for free? Starting this Friday, you can!

For more information, check out the article here!

 

Obesity in Young is Seen as Falling in Several Cities

Check out this article at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/health/childhood-obesity-drops-in-new-york-and-philadelphia.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0

SFUSD aiming to switch food provider with fresh, healthier options

A revolution is coming to San Francisco’s public schools: no more frozen, precooked cafeteria food that’s shipped from halfway across the country.

On Friday, the San Francisco Unified School District announced plans to award a contract to Oakland-based Revolution Foods Inc. to provide nutritious — and freshly prepared — meals for city schoolchildren.

The $9 million contract, which falls within the district’s budget, would supply the food needed to make 33,000 meals and snacks that 114 schools need daily, officials said. The contract now must be approved by the Board of Education.

Revolution Foods is a rapidly growing company that says its mission is to combat child obesity. It provides meals to school districts in more than 20 U.S. cities. Founded by two UC Berkeley alums, the company says it is against fried, fatty, sodium-heavy foods and cooks meals fresh daily.

Board of Education member Rachel Norton said that through Revolution, schools can “expect a significant improvement in the quality of food served to students.”

To ensure Revolution’s food was up to snuff, a panel of representatives from the Student Advisory Council, the Parent Advisory Council and the Board of Education’s Food and Fitness Committee tasted the meals from all bidders. They assessed appearance, taste, texture and overall appeal.

“The Community Tasting Panel did not compare meal offerings — they assessed the meal that was before them by its own merits,” the school district said.

In October, the SFUSD began seeking a new meal vendor that could meet federal nutrition guidelines while also serving fresh food. The district’s current provider, Preferred Meal Systems, is based in Illinois and ships frozen, precooked foods from three facilities to sites around the country, according to a January analysis of SFUSD food services commissioned by the San Francisco Food Bank.

When the food arrives at the company’s Brisbane facility, it is redistributed, reheated and served throughout the school district.

That method goes against SFUSD’s reputation for fostering student nutrition — the district is known as a leader in phasing out sodas and unhealthy snacks, installing salad bars and improving food quality in vending machines.

Revolution prepares meals daily, SFUSD officials said, and its distribution center is in South San Francisco.

And besides filling bellies, the food should help students learn, SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza said.

“To strengthen academic performance, we must promote good eating habits and provide access to high-quality, nutritious food that appeals to our diverse community of students,” Carranza said.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/12/sfusd-aiming-switch-food-provider#ixzz2EPmgb7Hf

SFUSD aiming to switch food provider with fresh, healthier options 

A revolution is coming to San Francisco’s public schools: no more frozen, precooked cafeteria food that’s shipped from halfway across the country.

On Friday, the San Francisco Unified School District announced plans to award a contract to Oakland-based Revolution Foods Inc. to provide nutritious — and freshly prepared — meals for city schoolchildren.

The $9 million contract, which falls within the district’s budget, would supply the food needed to make 33,000 meals and snacks that 114 schools need daily, officials said. The contract now must be approved by the Board of Education.

Revolution Foods is a rapidly growing company that says its mission is to combat child obesity. It provides meals to school districts in more than 20 U.S. cities. Founded by two UC Berkeley alums, the company says it is against fried, fatty, sodium-heavy foods and cooks meals fresh daily.

Board of Education member Rachel Norton said that through Revolution, schools can “expect a significant improvement in the quality of food served to students.”

To ensure Revolution’s food was up to snuff, a panel of representatives from the Student Advisory Council, the Parent Advisory Council and the Board of Education’s Food and Fitness Committee tasted the meals from all bidders. They assessed appearance, taste, texture and overall appeal.

“The Community Tasting Panel did not compare meal offerings — they assessed the meal that was before them by its own merits,” the school district said.

In October, the SFUSD began seeking a new meal vendor that could meet federal nutrition guidelines while also serving fresh food. The district’s current provider, Preferred Meal Systems, is based in Illinois and ships frozen, precooked foods from three facilities to sites around the country, according to a January analysis of SFUSD food services commissioned by the San Francisco Food Bank.

When the food arrives at the company’s Brisbane facility, it is redistributed, reheated and served throughout the school district.

That method goes against SFUSD’s reputation for fostering student nutrition — the district is known as a leader in phasing out sodas and unhealthy snacks, installing salad bars and improving food quality in vending machines.

Revolution prepares meals daily, SFUSD officials said, and its distribution center is in South San Francisco.

And besides filling bellies, the food should help students learn, SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza said.

“To strengthen academic performance, we must promote good eating habits and provide access to high-quality, nutritious food that appeals to our diverse community of students,” Carranza said.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/12/sfusd-aiming-switch-food-provider#ixzz2EPmgb7Hf

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