Our Approach

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Over the past decade many steps have been taken to improve SFUSD's food systems, including aligning around the highest nutritional standards in the nation and making a bold commitment to feed every hungry child. Since January 2013, fresher meals are being served through a partnership with Revolution Foods. Still, we are faced with a number of challenges including low student participation, inadequate kitchen and cafeteria facilities, financial deficit and a problematic dining experience, such as long lines and limited space.

In spring 2013, we began a five-month collaboration with the innovation firm IDEO to rethink our school food system, including the spaces, technology, operations, and overall dining experience. Specifically, we focused on creating a vision for a student-centered, financially-stable system that engages kids in eating good food. More than 1,300 students, parents, nutrition staff, principals, teachers, administrators, and community partners were involved in this process. We now have a distinct roadmap for our Future Dining Experience, and we need your help to bring it to fruition

 

 

Our Mission

 The mission of SFUSD's Future Dining Experience is to comprehensively redesign the school food experience for SFUSD students through the creation of dining areas that are full of options, creative, and student-centered. We are focused on developing a financially stable food system that provides fresh, healthy meals to students as they grow.

 


Meet Today's Students

 
 

A Vision for the Student Experience

SFUSD's Future Dining Experience vision consists of ten Design Recommendations that are focused on creating a student-centered, financially-stable system that engages kids in eating good food. Read our book that provides many details about the Design Recommendations or check out the Executive Summary for a quick overview.   

Ten Design Recommendations

  1. Vending Machines & Mobile Carts
  2. Central Warehouse & Local Sourcing
  3. Regional Kitchens & Centralized Prep
  4. Communal Eating
  5. Space Renovation

 

       6.  Smart Meal Technology
       7.   Learning Layer
       8.  Community Portal
       9.  Dinner Kits
     10.  Community Kitchen

Elementary School: A Shared Mealtime  Connecting young learners to food through student and adult role models and the routines of communal eating.

Elementary School: A Shared Mealtime 
Connecting young learners to food through student and adult role models and the routines of communal eating.

Middle School: A Participatory Mealtime 
Transitioning students towards independence through student-designed spaces, increased roles and distributed meal options.

High School: A Mealtime of Options Supporting busy students by offering convenient food options, engaging technology systems and reward programs.

High School: A Mealtime of Options
Supporting busy students by offering convenient food options, engaging technology systems and reward programs.