The Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness (BCFF) hosted the second School Food Subcommittee meeting December 19th at the Tobin Community Center in Roxbury.  The Subcommittee is intended as a forum for youth and community partners to both learn about and influence school food in Boston.

The first meeting, held on November 21st, 2011, focused on the Salad Bars to Schools Initiative.  Students from Boston Latin School and East Boston High School spoke on a panel about the process of applying for and acquiring salad bars at their schools.  Instrumental to the process at East Boston High (EBH) was the Healthy Hood Club, which was founded by Cait Van Damm and Alison Smizer of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in 2010.  Read about the EBH salad bar story here.

The most recent BCFF School Food Subcommittee meeting focused on the source of school food – everything from USDA commodities, to local produce, to bread and milk.  The BCFF team participated in a farm to table exercise, lead by Kim Szeto (BPS Farm to School Coordinator), in which they were asked to map the progression of a variety of BPS lunch menu items from origin to consumption.

The next BCFF School Food School Food Subcommittee meeting is scheduled for January 23rd from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Tobin Community Center and will focus on campaign building and organizing in order to promote healthy school lunch options and local food.  The meeting is open to all Boston area students, teachers, parents, Food and Nutrition Services staff, and community partners.  We encourage you to join the conversation! For more information about the BCFF School Food Subcommittee or to RSVP for the next meeting please email Kim at kszeto[at]boston.k12.ma.us.

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