"For many students, the meals they receive at school are their most nutritious of the day," said BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang. "Revolution Foods embraces our nationally-recognized efforts of making sure every student has access to healthy foods in order to be well fed and ready to learn. I am excited that Boston Public Schools and Revolution Foods will work together to ensure all students get the healthiest and tastiest meals they deserve to help them better achieve their academic potential."
Revolution Foods currently serves 2 million meals a week to more than 22 school districts throughout the US, including San Francisco, Austin, Texas, Newark, New Jersey, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. It also serves more than 15,000 meals a day at 25 school campuses throughout Massachusetts.
The Revolution Foods’ meals are minimally processed, prepared fresh and delivered refrigerated. Only about 1 percent of the BPS food inventory will be frozen.
"Our mission is to create lifelong healthy eaters and it starts by introducing a variety of healthy ingredients and culturally relevant menu items that drive student consumption," said Kristin Groos Richmond, CEO and founder of Revolution Foods. "Revolution Foods is the only company on a national level to offer a clean-label supply chain and student-inspired, chef-crafted meals. We are incredibly honored to serve the Boston Public Schools community. We are committed to being a strong partner in setting all BPS students up for success each day."
To help facilitate the distribution of fresh food and nutrition education to students and teachers, as well as families in the community, Revolution Foods will build on its current relationships with local and national partners, such as Commonwealth Kitchen, Community Servings, Food Corps, Let's Talk About Food, and Share Our Strength/Cooking Matters. In addition, the company will bring to Boston a community engagement program that includes "Back-to-School Nights," community open houses, staff training, student/school food tasting events, and participation in local "Let's Talk About Food" events. Each event will give students and families an opportunity to discuss community needs, share feedback related to nutrition and taste standards, and sample meals through regular taste-testing.
In addition, Revolution Foods will create 35 new jobs in the Boston area through its partnership with BPS.