BVSD's Award-Winning School Food Project
In November 2016, BVSD became the first REAL Certified school district in the country. REAL Certified is the nationally recognized trust-mark for restaurants and food service providers that are committed to promoting health and sustainability within the industry. This certification means that we stand out from others in the industry for our Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL). In order to achieve this recognition, we opened our operation to a full-scale audit, conducted by a REAL Certified Registered Dietitian. In undergoing this extensive process, we have indicated our commitment to transparency within the food service world.
In December 2016, 39 BVSD schools were recognized by the USDA's Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) program. HUSSC: SL is a voluntary certification initiative recognizing those schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.
The Boulder Valley School District’s School Food Project was also been recognized for its role in promoting good food and sustainable food systems with six links, the highest possible level of achievement, on the first annual Good Food 100 Restaurants List, announced in June 2017. The list is based on self-reported annual food purchasing data, independently verified by NSF Responsible Sourcing. Restaurants are rated with two to six links—symbolizing links in the food chain—based on the percent of total food costs spent to support state, regional and national ‘good food’ producers and purveyors.