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Who Won the School Lunch Makeover?

What school won the healthy lunch coaching session from Chef Ann Cooper? Drum roll, please...it’s the Albert Einstein Academies in San Diego. Congratulations!
Julie Black submitted the entry on behalf of the Albert Einstein Academies. She has a 4th grader attending the school and really believes that if one school in the San Diego district can make a change, then the other schools will jump on board – “the kids are going to be so excited.” In reviewing all the entries, it was really incredible to see that not only are parents interested in getting healthier food into their school lunch rooms but kids are too. These videos were inspiring to all of us at Whole Foods Market. The kids and community at Albert Einstein Academies did an super job of showcasing the importance of healthy eating and really tapped their creativity to produce what we believe could be an award winning spot for Healthy Eating in schools. That being said we’ve got to mention some outstanding performances from the competition:
  • Preston Veteran’s Memorial School, Preston CT -  You all had us smiling ear to ear. Can we hire your organic cow? With a community that cares that much we know that you guys are going  places.
  • Gilbert Christian School, AZ - Okay, someone there is going to end up making movies some day. Chef Ann loved the impersonation and we could not get over the creativity…great job!
  • Border Star Montessori School, Kansas City – We can tell you all have a great community with people who really want CHANGE. We loved that the kids wanted healthier foods and that the parents and teachers were invested in the process. We know you will get there…keep us updated.
Check out the entries and don’t forget to check back as we will be showing coverage of Chef Ann’s trip to Albert Einstein Academies and following the progress of their lunch program.

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Jeannette Vaughn says …

As Principal of Albert Einstein Academy Charter School I am extremely proud of the group who produced this inspiring video and also our entire community which is serious about educating the WHOLE CHILD! We are thrilled to have a visit from Chef Ann and to get the process started for providing a healthier alternative for our students. Many thanks to Whole Foods!

E.Eastin says …

This was so good. Love the message and these kids. Great choice, Whole Foods!

Stacy Reis says …

I volunteer at a school called http://www.auberle.org/ The FOOD! It is fried, refined and beige. The kitchen is hardly functioning. ( The children live here!) The fan overhead covered in geese barely hanging on. These are children in desperate need in so many ways. What about all the studies on how food affects learning, mood, and of course long term health. I think prisoners eat better! So sad.

Marcia Fox says …

Way to go Einstein! We love Whole Foods and can't wait to see what's in store for our lunchroom!

Julie Black says …

Since finding out that Albert Einstein Academies won, the buzz at our school has started. We are SO excited to be have Chef Ann come to help us develop a new lunch program. Our school has such great leadership and parent volunteers that make so many wonderful things happen here. Not only do the kids benefit from such a grassroots effort, they are a part of it. We have 6 campus gardens, started by our kids, their parents and other volunteers and we just started a program in association with a local restaurant called Alchemy, to teach our kids to cook using healthy foods at home. This Whole Foods Lunchroom makeover is the missing piece to our progress towards a healthier student body. Thank you so much Whole Foods for this opportunity!!!

Erica says …

Stacy, that is unfortunate to hear about your school.