Saturday, October 12, 2013
ACHIEVE School Nutrition

Project Overview

In 2009, the ACHIEVE coalition joined forces with the Peninsula and Tacoma School Districts to develop strategies and a plan to improve the quality of school lunches.

Recognizing the budgetary and logistical limitations that districts face in incorporating healthy foods into a school meal program, a 3 week pilot menu was launched in the Peninsula School District to determine if such a program could be run successfully.


In May and June 2010, the pilot was run in 2 elementary schools and featured a menu that met the following guidelines:

  • Less than 30% total calories from fat
  • A minimum of 10 grams of fiber
  • Less than 1,150 mg of sodium
  • Less than 15 grams of added sugar

Results of the pilot indicated that staff, students and parents liked the new healthier menus and participation in the school meal program. Labor costs did increase for the program as menus incorporated more scratch cooking but was offset by an increase in revenue due to a higher number of kids purchasing lunch.

In September 2010, all Peninsula Elementary Schools will receive the new healthy lunch items on a daily basis and many secondary schools will receive similar healthy lunches on a regular basis.

In the Fall of 2010, the ACHIEVE Coalition is seeking additional school districts and partners within Pierce County to partner with and support in developing healthier meals. If you are interested, please contact Kirsten Frandsen at [email protected]