Real Food for Kids’ mission is to collaborate with school communities to elevate the quality and character of school food, develop and deliver programs that advance literacy in nutrition and health, and engage students, parents, and schools in building a culture of health that spreads to their homes and communities.
OUR HISTORY & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Since 2010, Real Food for Kids has advocated for and won positive changes to school food policies and generated institutionalized support for our goal of healthy school food as a critical component of children’s wellness and academic success.
The secret to our success is our positive advocacy approach, uniting diverse stakeholders to identify and overcome barriers to change. In addition, we align our goals with those of school divisions: namely, to increase participation in school meal programs by students from all income levels. We excel at building grassroots support for our initiatives and leveraging this support to win support from key decisionmakers, including school administrators, school board members, and other policymakers. Finally, we conceive of and design innovative community events and educational programs to raise awareness and increase decisionmakers’ support for our cause in a field crowded with other high-priority concerns.
Real Food for Kids was founded by a group of Fairfax County, VA parents who came together out of concern about the disconnect between cafeteria offerings and the alarming trends in childhood obesity. We evolved into a nonprofit organization with a legacy of punching above its weight as the leading voice for nutrition equity in the National Capital Region. Our advocacy and educational programs garner praise from local and national school leaders, parents, and policymakers.