For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
BPS Communications Office
BostonPublic Schools Selects Revolution Foods as Prepared Meal Provider for Breakfastand Lunch
Newpartner will deliver fresh meals made with all-natural ingredients, expandaccess for students
BOSTON — Tuesday,July 18, 2017 — Boston Public Schools (BPS) announced today thatRevolution Foods, a national school meal provider focused on transforming theway America eats by providing access to healthy, affordable meals to studentsand families, has been selected as the district’s prepared breakfast and lunchprovider through 2020.
Revolution Foods, which has a strong track record of providinghigh-quality, delicious food to schools throughout the U.S., ensures that allof its meals adhere to “clean label” standards. This means that they are madefrom wholesome, all-natural ingredients free of artificial colors, flavors,sweeteners, preservatives and additives. All of its meals are fresh, which willessentially eliminate the district’s use of frozen food. Additionally,Revolution Foods utilizes fresh local and regional produce, high qualityproteins, rBST (growth hormone)-free dairy products from local dairies, andprohibits the use of high fructose corn syrup and trans fats.
“For many students, the meals they receive at school aretheir most nutritious of the day,” said BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang. “RevolutionFoods embraces our nationally-recognized efforts of making sure every studenthas access to healthy foods in order to be well fed and ready to learn. I am excited that Boston Public Schools and RevolutionFoods will work together to ensure all students get the healthiest and tastiestmeals they deserve to help them better achieve their academic potential.”
Revolution Foods is committed to providing minimally processed mealsthat are prepared fresh and delivered refrigerated — virtually eliminating thedistrict’s reliance on frozen food. Only about 1% of the BPS food inventorywill be frozen, and even then it will adhere to clean-label standards and onlybe used in cases of emergency.
“Our mission is to create lifelong healthy eaters and it starts byintroducing a variety of healthy ingredients and culturally relevant menu itemsthat drive student consumption,” said Kristin Groos Richmond, CEO and founderof Revolution Foods. “Revolution Foods is the only company on a national levelto offer a clean-label supply chain and student inspired, chef-crafted meals.We are incredibly honored to serve the Boston Public Schools community. We arecommitted to being a strong partner in setting all BPS students up for successeach day.”
The company currently serves 2 million meals a week to more than 22school districts throughout the U.S, including San Francisco, Austin, Texas,Newark, N.J., Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. It also serves more than15,000 meals a day at 25 school campuses throughout Massachusetts.
Revolution Foods will build on its current relationships with local andnational partners, such as Commonwealth Kitchen, Community Servings, FoodCorps, Let’s Talk About Food, and Share Our Strength/Cooking Matters, to helpfacilitate the distribution of fresh food and nutrition education for parents,teachers and students. It will also utilize the Rosev Dairy facility in Chelseato facilitate distribution each day.
“Revolution Foods will be a strong partner as Boston Public Schoolscontinues to make strides in expanding accessibility of healthy, deliciousmeals to all students,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson MichaelO’Neill. “Revolution Foods’ strong commitment to community outreach andensuring the healthiest possible meals is particularly encouraging.”
Recognized for its activeoutreach to families, Revolution Foods will bring to Boston a robust communityengagement program that includes “Back-to-School Nights,” community openhouses, staff training, student/school food tasting events, and participationin local “Let’s Talk About Food” events.
Each of these will provide BPSstudents and families an opportunity to discuss community needs, share feedbackrelated to nutrition and taste standards, and sample meals through regulartaste-testing. The goal is to use the family feedback to help developinnovative and culturally relevant menu items tailored to each school communitybased on family feedback.
Revolution Foods is also committed to working with BPS on exploring alloptions to increase participation in both breakfast and lunch. The company recently implemented a successful“Breakfast in the Classroom” program in San Francisco in which students eatafter the morning bell. The program positively impacted student test scores,attendance levels/tardiness, behavior and ability to focus as well as healthyhabits and increased meal participation.
“Revolution Foods shares our vision of ensuring all students have accessto healthy food,” said Laura Benavidez, Executive Director of the BPS Food andNutrition Department. “We look forward to working with Revolution Foods as wefind innovative ways to expand menu choices and opportunities for students andfamilies.”
Through its partnership with BPS, Revolution Foods is creating 35 newjobs in the Boston area. Revolution Foods was selected following a thoroughreview process that included BPS parents, school staff, community members, anda member of the City’s Finance Commission.
About Boston Public Schools
The Boston Public Schools (BPS), the birthplace of public education in the United States, serves nearly 57,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 125 schools. BPS is committed to transforming the lives of all children through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative, welcoming schools. We partner with the community, families, and students to develop in every learner the knowledge, skill, and character to excel in college, career, and life.
Founded in 2006 by two moms on amission to transform the way America eats, Revolution Foods set out to solvethe problem of limited access to healthy meals. The company’s innovativeapproach began with serving freshly prepared, healthy meals to students inschools nationwide, and the company is now serving over two million school meals every week in 15 states. Parent and student demand for RevolutionFoods products inspired the company to expand to the grocery store aisles andthe company now offers a full line of healthy, ready-to-eat, on-the-go mealsand snacks to nourish families throughout the day across breakfast, lunch anddinner. Revolution Foods meals and snacks can now also be found in more than4,000 grocery stores nationwide, including Safeway, Target, Whole Foods, Acme,Harris Teeter, Shaw’s and Hannaford as well as Amazon.com. Revolution Foodsbelieves in bringing things full circle – one percent of retail sales aredonated to schools through the company’s “Feeding Good Fund,” which providesgrants to schools who need equipment to serve freshly prepared meals to theirstudents. Revolution Foods was listed in 2015 among Fast Company’s 50 MostInnovative Companies.