A Closer Look

The Problem:

Students need proper nutrition and a healthy diet to engage each day as learners—but too few students receive adequately nutritious meals or education about living a healthy lifestyle. At the same time, childhood obesity in the US has tripled in the last 30 years.

The Innovation:

Educators and co-founders Kristin Richmond and Kirsten Tobey started Revolution Foods because they believed that all students should have access to healthy, fresh food on a daily basis. Through healthy food, nutrition education, and operational support, Revolution Foods aims to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity, improve the overall health among children, and enhance the educational experience for students in public schools across the country.

The Result:

From a tiny organization in Alameda serving three schools just five years ago, Revolution Foods has grown to provide 40,000 students with the healthy, nutritional meals they need daily. Revolution Foods addresses the important health need within public schools by offering a high-quality, affordable, outsourced solution to a critical service that schools are required to provide. It has been a leader in advocating for an increase in the meal reimbursement rate to ensure that high quality and healthy meals can be delivered to all children across the country. Government officials (including First Lady Michelle Obama) have reached out to learn from Revolution Foods and recently reauthorized the federal child nutrition act to increase the meal reimbursement rate and raise nutrition standards of food served in schools.

How NewSchools Helped:

Says CEO Kristen Richmond: “New Schools has helped us build our base of school partners nationwide, therefore increasing our impact exponentially. They’ve helped us perform detailed and extensive new market green lighting assessments to determine where our program can be successful and have the most impact. Through its board leadership at Revolution Foods, NewSchools has helped us define our strategy, build our team, design our replication, navigate political challenges and build a more successful organization. I cannot say enough about the New Schools team and its importance in our success bringing healthy meals and nutrition education to students nationwide.”

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Entrepreneur
Kristin Richmond, Kirsten Tobey
Founded
2006
Financial Model
For-profit
NewSchools Investment
$325,000

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