Healthful. Regional. Sustainable.

School Food FOCUS is a national collaborative that leverages the knowledge and procurement power of large school districts to make school meals nationwide more healthful, regionally sourced, and sustainably produced.

Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a growing number of sponsors, individuals, and private funders, FOCUS aims to transform food systems to support students’ academic achievement and lifelong health, while directly benefiting farmers, regional economies, and the environment.



Maximize Your Procurement Dollars through Regional Purchasing: School Food and Forward Contracting

Date: December 10, 2015, 1-2 pm EST


Forward contracting establishes a price to be paid for a certain quantity of product to be provided at a future date. Learn how forward contracting can help maximize your procurement budget and support local farmers at the same time. Speakers will highlight the benefits and challenges of forward contracting school food and demonstrate how to write forward contracts.


Christina Conell, Program Analyst, USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Sara Pollock Hoverter, Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Harrison Institute for Public Law at Georgetown Law

Andrea Northup, Farm to School Coordinator, Culinary & Nutrition Services, Minneapolis Public Schools

Sapna Thottathil, Senior Associate for Supply Chain Programming, School Food FOCUS


The Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use Standard

**CRAU Official Announcement **

The National Procurement Initiative and The Pew Charitable Trusts developed the Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use Standard to minimize the use of antibiotics in poultry production and offer schools a viable way to put poultry raised with responsible antibiotic use on the menu. More

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School Food FOCUS is a project of Tides Center, a nonprofit public charity.