This week we launched the beta test of our new organic school lunches here in Bellingham!
So far the testing is coming along. We’ve been able to iron out some kinks and we’re getting great reviews from lunch eaters. We started with delivery to Parkview Elementary families this past week and due to such a huge response and multiple requests, we’re opening delivery to Sunnyland Elementary and Columbia Elementary families this coming week. If you’re interested in trying the new lunches but your kids don’t attend one of these three schools you are still welcome to order for pick up at any one of these locations.
We’ve launched this new venture because it’s a natural progression of our business model. We started our business because as new parents, we found it challenging to easily source the clean, local ingredients we wanted to feed our families, and even more challenging to always know how to make the food we sourced into satisfying meals. Now our kids are in school and we find ourselves with a new challenge, making school lunches each morning. In talking with other parents, we know we’re not alone.
Our goal with with ACME Lunchboxes is to make it as easy as possible to feed our kids and the children of our customers the healthiest whole foods we can. We are dedicated to finding ways for all children in our schools to have access to the best possible ingredients for their lunches as well.
“For the first time in two generations, America's children have shorter life expectancies than their parents. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Currently, one in three of our nation’s children are overweight or obese. According to USDA, only 2% of children in the U.S. eat enough fruits and vegetables, and nearly a third are on track to contract Type II diabetes. The fast food industry makes matters worse by spending more than $5 million every day marketing unhealthy foods to children. Nearly all (98%) of food advertisements viewed by children are for processed products that are high in fat, sugar or sodium. These startling facts demand a healthy change for our country, which is why we are rolling up our sleeves and getting to work.
When more than 30 million children eat school lunch every day and 13 million children eat school breakfast, healthy school food becomes a crucial part of the solution. For many low-income students it is their only access to good nutrition. By providing every child with access to healthy, scratch-cooked, delicious food every day, schools can positively impact our children's health. Well-nourished students have more energy, are able to focus for longer periods of time, and are better able to learn than those who are slowed down by empty calories and sugar crashes. Cooking from scratch is the healthiest way for schools to begin improving our children’s nutrition and eating habits, and the eating habits that children develop early in life will affect their diets - and their health - as adults.
The Goal – The food we serve our children at school should be real, fresh, and scratch-cooked. It’s time to move away from highly processed, packaged food.”
Borrowed from the Chef Ann Foundation - www.chefannfoundation.org. If you missed the public forum with speaker Chef Ann Cooper - Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children at Mount Baker Theatre this past fall, we encourage you to visit Chef Ann’s website if you are interested in learning more about the evolution of school lunch.
This fall, watch for updates to our delivery areas. Email Maggie@acmefarmsandkitchen.com to be added to a waitlist if you are interested in having lunches delivered to your family’s school.
To order, or learn more about ACME Lunchboxes, visit acmelunchbox.com