Programs

 Weekend Bag Program

Each week we provide reusable bags with shelf-stable whole, unprocessed, fresh food and locally harvested produce to all preschool families for use during times when schools are closed, such as weekends and holiday breaks. Bags are universally distributed – meaning all families will be provided with food regardless of need – each week in BVSD classrooms. Bags also contain nutrition information, recipes using bag contents, cooking class opportunities, and other resources. The bag program combats food insecurity, hunger, and poor nutrition, and is a unique opportunity to alter students’ perceptions of food and offer nutrition education.

The No Student Hungry Partnership of BVSD, Community Food Share and the YMCA of Boulder Valley is an accredited LIVE UNITED Collaborative of Foothills United Way.

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Thanks in part to funding from the City of Boulder's Health Equity Committee and revenue from the sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax, the 2017-18 school year, preschool families (and other select programs) at Alicia Sanchez, Birch, Columbine, Creekside, Emerald, Pioneer, Uni Hill and Whittier Elementary Schools and select student groups at Casey Middle School and Arapahoe Ridge High School will receive bags each week.


 How It Works

Piloted in three schools during the 2014-15 school year, the Weekend Nutrition Bag Program is a proven way to provide nutrition options to children in need during times when schools are closed (weekends or holiday breaks). Weekly bag contents include but are not limited to organic brown rice, pasta, organic canned tomatoes, dried pinto beans, healthy snacks, and a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables such as apples, oranges, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, squash, and onions. Bags are also supplied with nutrition education information including BVSD’s Harvest of the Month produce trading cards, recipes using bag contents, and information and resources from our partner organizations.

Our partnerships with Community Food Share to obtain a continued donation of nutritious foods at no cost to the District and with the YMCA of Boulder Valley who share a similar mission to support healthy living, education and community development has allowed us to expand and continue the program again this year. BVSD has a unique opportunity to provide food access and education to parents, and to publicize programs that feed hungry children. As stated in BVSD’s Wellness Policy, we “recognize the important connection between a healthy diet and a student’s ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school. The Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools also recognize that it is BVSD’s role, as part of the larger community, to model and actively practice through policy and procedures the promotion of family health and good nutrition.” BVSD Food Services remains dedicated to improving the health of each student by providing healthy food and offering nutrition education programs to grow young bodies and minds.

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“The impact [of hunger] goes well beyond a child’s stomach. Childhood hunger affects a student’s health, academic performance, and behavior. Hungry children cannot learn as much, as fast, or as well because they are not well-prepared and cannot concentrate. Taken together, the effects of childhood hunger increase the achievement and life expectancy gaps separating some low-income children from their peers, making this the social issue of our time.” - Chef Ann Cooper, US News & World Report