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1 Way to Improve School Lunches

In the video below we hear from Fedele Bauccio, founder and CEO of Bon Appetit Management. His company has built its reputation on locally sourced, seasonal, healthy foods, and is actively involved in sustainability issues affecting every aspect of the food industry.

We discuss improvement in school lunches; Bauccio describes how change is often parent-driven, including companies such as Revolution Foods, which provides affordable healthy food to school children in several cities around the country.

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Audience Member: You said with the food revolution that long lines at the cafeteria, serving mystery meat and all that will eventually become a thing of the past. Do you see that change spilling into elementary schools? Is that realistic, and if so how?

Fedele Bauccio: Yeah, I do. I think we need Congress to step up with more money for those schools, but there's a number of start-up companies.

There's one that I'm in love with, that two women out of Berkeley -- they were Berkeley graduates, and they're mothers -- started this company in San Francisco in the Bay Area, called Revolution Foods.

They're doing amazing work in school districts, not only just in San Francisco, but in other locations: Los Angeles, I think they're in New Orleans or Austin, in Texas. They're in a number of places where they're doing fresh food for students at $2 and $3 a pop.

Now, they're subsidized to some extent by the parents, but everything is fresh. They work out of a commissary. They deliver the meals.

It's unbelievable what they're doing, and there's a number of other examples like that that are happening for young children in school districts because you people, as parents, are saying, "I'm not going to put up with this anymore. Either I've got to fix them lunch, or if they're going to eat lunch in those grammar schools, we want to make sure that they eat the right things."

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