Published on February 19th, 2013 | by Priti Ambani
A Healthy School Lunch Revolution
Revolution Foods is igniting a healthy food revolution and believes that all children deserve access to healthy, wholesome food. Co-founders Kristen Richmond and Kirsten Tobey have a simple philosophy – smart minds are fueled by smart nutrition.
They have revolutionized the school lunch line by providing healthy, affordable and fresh meals to nearly 200,000, K-12 students every day and have served over 50 million meals, to date.
Founded in 2006, Revolution Foods serves fresh and healthy breakfast, lunch, snack, and supper meals to students in over 850 education programs nationwide, where two-thirds of these children are in low-income households. Their meals are home–style and based on real food ingredients like whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. They never use high fructose corn syrup, artificial trans fats, preservatives or anything artificial.
Revolution Foods is committed to making an impact by providing healthy meals and offering nutrition education programs designed to encourage healthier eating decisions. Their high food standards, food and school partners, and nearly 1,000 community hired employees, are all helping Revolution Foods lead the charge against the national childhood obesity crisis.
Food Education to the Front of the Line
The company also designs and provides programming ranges from classroom instruction to off-campus, hands-on activities designed to encourage student interest and involvement around healthy eating and nutrition, essential for good food choices outside of school.
The Lean, Mean, Junk Food Fighting Machine (aka the Vending Machine)
Revolution Foods aims to provide a holistic solution to bad food habits and that includes healthy snacking. Busy schedules require on-the-go options and so when it comes to vending machines they think about what’s incise the box. So, they have introduced smart vending machines in select areas to complement school meal service at existing partners, provide healthy snack solutions for schools with their own meals programs, as well as give community members access to smarter snacks in public buildings and large private workplaces. They only stock products that are made with 100% natural ingredients. There’s no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial trans fat and no fried anything.
The company serves 600+ schools, nearly twice as many as two years ago, and projected $50 million in revenue for 2011-2012. The idea of providing better nutrition while increasing the business bottom line sounds like a no-brainer to me.