The mission of the San Francisco Unified School District's Student Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee (SNPAC) is to address the issues of childhood obesity and physical fitness. The committee is specifically working to remove junk food from the schools, increase participation in the National School Lunch Program, reduce the dependence of schools and school-related organizations on food-based fundraising, expand and improve opportunities for physical activities for students, and increase the amount of nutrition education offered to students and families. SNPAC's goal is that all SFUSD students have healthy and appetizing food at school, along with regular physical activity, and know why these are important for their well-being and ability to learn.
This year the SFUSD committed money through School Health Programs to purchase a new curriculum called "Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools," and the curriculum's supporting materials for nutrition education and physical activity. The materials include one binder of lessons on nutrition for grades K-2 and another for grades 3-5. The lessons are focused on creating a healthier classroom environment through classroom snack policies, healthy celebrations, and physical activity breaks. They encourage the use of the classroom and school as the subject of the activities.
As 2012 wound down, SFUSD awarded Revolution Foods Inc. a contract to begin providing healthy school meals at 114 schools starting on January 7, 2013 - the first day of the second semester. Revolution Foods was chosen because it best met the districts' nutrition requirements, which included supporting SFUSD’s sustainability and waste-reduction goals.
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DCYF Summer Food Program
The Summer Food Program is a USDA federally-funded child nutrition program designed to provide free meals for youth when school is not in session. The San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families is a local sponsor of this program, which means they provide financial and administrative support to ensure that free meals are available in all high-need neighborhoods of San Francisco to any youth 18 and under