The Gamm Initiative ‒ Nourishing Toddlers Pilot 2014-15 – Boulder Valley Food Services, Boulder, CO

  • October 09, 2015

There are a wide variety of solutions for feeding preschoolers throughout the country. Some preschoolers eat lunch if they are in full-day programs housed at an elementary school, but the half-day programs are often not included. Another scenario for the five and under set might be having lunch if they are in a Head Start program that is housed in an elementary school. The bottom line is that school districts are experimenting. 

During the 2014-15 school year, BVSD Food Services had the opportunity to pilot their own version of preschool lunchroom education after receiving a $120,000 grant from Gordon Gamm, founder of the Boulder International Humanist Institute. Gamm was interested in “filling in the gaps” of food access in the City of Boulder. Working with Chef Ann Cooper, Director of Food Services, the Gamm Initiative for Toddlers and Infants was established and a plan to offer universal lunch (offered to all at no cost, regardless of eligibility status) and provide weekend food bags to all preschool students at three Boulder preschools was initiated.

Read the study: The Gamm Initiative  ‒ Nourishing Toddlers Pilot 2014-15 – Boulder Valley Food Services, Boulder, CO

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