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Every Child Deserves Nourishing Food | Support the School Food Initiative today

Every Child Deserves Nourishing Food | Support the School Food Initiative today Did you know that around 20% of children face food insecurity in Colorado? It’s hard to imagine in such a bountiful state, but the harsh reality is nearly 1 in 5 Colorado kids don’t always know how or when they’ll get their next …

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A Primer on “Lunch Shaming” in Colorado Schools

A Primer on “Lunch Shaming” in Colorado Schools Recently throughout the country an archaic policy has entered the forefront of the education and food systems lexicon riding a wave of concern and anger. This policy goes by the name of lunch shaming. For those unaware, lunch shaming is the system that many school districts throughout …

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School Food Spotlight: Healthy Partnerships for a Healthier School Year

The value of partnerships, marketing, and culinary support for school food success in East Grand and beyond By Rainey Wikstrom, Marketing Consultant, LiveWell School Food Initiative Give to the School Food Initiative As we jump headfirst into the 2017-2018 school year, it’s remarkable to witness organizations across the state coming together to strengthen the work …

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School Food Initiative Spotlight: Idalia RJ-3

A Small School Creates Big Healthy Change  Give to the School Food Initiative Editor’s note: This story was originally published in LiveWell Colorado’s 2016 Annual Report.  Idalia RJ-3 is one of the eight school districts in our School Food Initiative (SFI) 2016-2017 cohort. Located in the small farming and ranching community of Idalia in eastern …

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September Policy Digest: Examining “Lunch Shaming” in Colorado Schools, Upcoming Events & More

This Month: An In-depth Look at “Lunch Shaming” | Save the Date for LiveWell’s 2017 HEAL Summit | National Farm to School Update In Depth: Lunch Shaming Recently throughout the country an archaic policy has entered the forefront of the education and food systems lexicon riding a wave of concern and anger. This policy goes by …

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School Food Initiative Spotlight | Chef Jessica Wright Shares Highlights from Idalia & Centennial

Two Tiny Districts Handle Big Changes While Honing Leadership Skills By Chef Jessica Wright, LiveWell Colorado School Food Initiative As a LiveWell School Food Initiative Chef, my work is mainly focused in two school districts, each with less than 250 students: Idalia School District (on the Eastern Plains, practically in Kansas) and Centennial School District …

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School Food Spotlight | Healthy Food Takes a Front Row Seat in Morgan County Schools

Times Are Changing and So Is School Food in Fort Morgan By Chef Sarah Kvichak, LiveWell School Food Initiative  “Offering scratch lunch is not only socially responsible, but enjoyable!” Current school meal preparation often looks a little like this: opening a box and placing frozen chicken pucks in a pan, reheating them in the steamer, …

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School Food Spotlight: Chef Fernando Shares Highlights from the Field

School Food Initiative Chef Highlights Thompson & Salida Schools, Early Childcare Centers By Chef Fernando Cardona, LiveWell School Food Initiative “For us chefs who love to cook, we don’t just feed people; we like to say we’re in the business of saving lives.” LiveWell’s School Food Initiative (SFI) team is working hard to ensure children …

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LiveWell’s School Food Initiative: Q & A with Program Director Gabriella Warner

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative (SFI) partners with Food & Nutrition Service Departments to serve up freshly prepared meals to students across the state. The Initiative began in 2010 and has continued to grow and evolve into an impactful program reaching well over half of Colorado’s 178 school districts. Gabriella Warner, MS, RD, joined LiveWell as …

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It’s No Bologna: Evaluating Healthy School Lunches

By Dan Schober, Program Evaluator & Founder at Informed Community Health Editor’s note: This post was originally published on LinkedIn. “I waited…in anticipation…”please get this” I hoped, as the students worked…” Across the country, schools are addressing childhood obesity by cooking more from scratch to improve the healthfulness of foods served in their cafeterias, with …

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