LOCAL FOOD can help children perform better in school and be healthier in life.

Transforming School Food:
Leveraging the Power of Public Procurement.


Kathy Lawrence,
Program Director of School Food FOCUS,
discusses the broken school food system.




Healthful. Regional. Sustainable.
School Food FOCUS
is a national collaborative that leverages the knowledge and procurement power of large school districts to make school meals nationwide more healthful, regionally sourced, and sustainably produced.
Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and a growing number of sponsors, individuals, and private funders, FOCUS aims to transform food systems to support students’ academic achievement and lifelong health, while directly benefiting farmers, regional economies, and the environment. see also: http://schoolfoodfocus.org/
School Food FOCUS
is a program of Public Health Solutions.

Kathy Lawrence
has worked for twenty years in sustainable agriculture, local food systems development, and non-profit management.  She is the Program Director of School Food FOCUS, a national initiative that helps large school districts with 40,000 or more students procure more healthful, more sustainably produced and regionally sourced food so that children may perform better in school and be healthier in life.

Kathy Lawrence - Program Director of School Food FOCUS
Before serving as Executive Director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, Kathy directed Just Food, the New York City-based non-profit organization she founded in 1995. Prior to that she coordinated outreach and education for both the New York and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups (NYSAWG and NESAWG) and engaged in citizen advocacy at the United Nations. Kathy serves on the boards of Just Food and NESAWG, sings in an a cappella jazz quartet, and is devoted to her perennial flower gardens.
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