Mission Statement
Goals for the 2012/2013 School Year
Guiding Beliefs

Mission Statement


We are working to provide every 4J student fresh, minimally-processed and nutrient-dense food that optimizes learning and health, supports our local economy, and protects our planet.

Goals for the 2012-2013 School Year

ECBSF is requesting the following of 4J/Sodexo:

1. Provide full ingredient transparency.  (Easily accessible information, available by dish, that notes frequent allergens and is updated as dish or product changes occur.)
2. Increase locally grown products and locally processed products by 10% each year.

3. Increase the current count of green cafeterias by 2 each year, without decreasing any.

4. Offer fewer meal choices in order to focus on improving the quality of offerings.

5. Decrease the number of menu items (without the addition of any new ones) that have:

    • artificial colors/flavorings (currently in 76 items): elimination from all breakfast items, and the reduction of 1 item served more than once per week in each of the subsequent years.
      • High Fructose Corn Syrup (currently in 31 items): reduction of 6 per year, to be completely eliminated by the 2017/2018 school year.

        Guiding Beliefs

        • We believe that all children are entitled to be served healthful, nutritious meals while attending public school.
        • We believe that processed school foods should be replaced with meals made from whole, unprocessed ingredients,and ¬†preferably from local, sustainable sources.
        • We believe school meals should be made from scratch whenever possible.
        • We believe meals should be made without the addition of harmful artificial flavors and colors.
        • We believe that added sugars should be removed.
        • We believe children should not be exposed to high-fructose corn syrup.
        • We believe that children should not be exposed to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
        • We believe children should not be served trans-fats or hydrogenated oils.
        • We believe that Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, such as those from corn, soybean and cottonseed oil, should be largely replaced with healthful mono-unsaturated fats, such as those from olive oil, sunflower oil and avocado, and that children should consume more Omega-3 fats.
        • We believe that calories in school breakfasts should be derived primarily from healthy fats and proteins–including milk, yogurt, cheese and other dairy, farm-fresh eggs–and fresh fruit, and only secondarily from starchy carbohydrates.
        • We believe that children should have more vegetarian options, and at least one substantial offering each day
        • We believe that more vegetable servings should be directly incorporated into the meals.
        • We believe that grain products served in schools should be primarily whole grain.
        • We believe that school cafeterias should be equipped with salad bars offering an array of fresh and local greens, vegetables, proteins and freshly-made dressings.
        • We believe that packaged foods should be replaced with unpackaged foods.
        • We believe that flavored milks should not be served.
        • We believe that all school milk should be free of antibiotics and non-therapeutic hormones.
        • We believe whole fruits should be served, not fruit juice.
        • We believe children should be encouraged to drink water with their meals, and non-bottled, filtered water should be available for free during meals.
        • We believe ingredients for all foods served in 4J schools should be posted on the internet and in other places where they can be easily accessed by the public.
        • We believe students should be served meals in a pleasant environment with sufficient time for eating, so as to encourage the slow enjoyment of food, and conversation among friends and teachers.
        • We believe that school cafeterias should be open environments where teachers and parents can join children and encourage healthful eating habits.
        • We believe schools should maximize the reduction of cafeteria waste by recycling, reusing, composting and purchasing recycled products. Each cafeteria should have a recycling and composting station.
        • We believe in integrating eating experiences, gardens, and nutrition education into the curriculum for math, science, social studies and language arts at all grade levels.
        • We believe in purchasing food from school gardens and local farmers as a first priority, based on availability and acceptability, and increasing the amount of organic products purchased.
        • We believe that every school should have a garden that provides all students with the opportunity to plant, harvest, prepare, cook and eat food they have grown.
        • We believe in expanding School Garden Project and Farm to School programs.
        • We believe in involving students in the planning and preparation of school meals, as well as taste-testing new recipes.
        • We believe in the establishment of a Child Nutrition Advisory to discuss food-related topics of concern to the school and community and to help make policy recommendations.
        • We believe in fostering community and school connections for educational and training purposes in areas related to nutrition, farming and gardening, cooking, gardening, farming, nutrition and health.