Baltimore school system joins Urban School Food Alliance

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 11:21:14 AM. The alliance works to drive school food quality up and costs down.
Baltimore public schools are among the latest to join a national coalition working to improve the quality of food served to students. The Urban School Food Alliance announced Tuesday that Baltimore and two other large school districts have joined their program. The alliance works to use its collective purchasing power to drive up food standards and keep costs down. The 10 districts involved share the city’s commitment to bringing healthier meals to students, said Elizabeth Marchetta, the district’s executive director of food and nutrition. The school systems will work together to exchange best practices. “Joining the Urban School Food Alliance will really allow us to improve what we’re offering students,” Marchetta said. “Collectively, there is a lot of power to cause change for the better.” The member districts of the coalition cover more than 5,500 schools and serve more than 3.6 million children every day. With the addition of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Clark County in Las Vegas, the alliance’s annual purchasing power reaches almost $735 million a year in food and supplies, the coalition said in a news release. CAPTION New chickens arrived last week at Green Street Academy in West Baltimore, a symbolic moment after vandals killed the school's previous chickens. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun) New chickens arrived last week at Green Street Academy in West Baltimore, a symbolic moment after vandals killed the school's previous chickens. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun) ...Read more
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