• Advise the implementation of the Bellingham Good Food Promise in our schools.
  • Support farm-to-school and food education efforts in Bellingham Public Schools.

Basis for Establishment: 

  • The Bellingham Promise commits to developing students who are healthy and active individuals. During the 2016-17 school year, Bellingham Public Schools collaboratively developed guidelines defining healthy food, known as The Bellingham Good Food Promise. The Bellingham Good Food Promise supports district policy 3440—Food, Food Education, Physical Education & Physical Activity, and is designed as a guide for food and food education in all school district activities and programs.

Decision-Making Process:

  • The committee is advisory to the district’s Wellness and Food Services program administrators and is a recommending body to the superintendent.

Plan of Work:

  • The committee shall regularly review reports provided by Food Services. If available, monitoring reports shall include data about school meal participation, Harvest of the Month participation, local food purchases and cafeteria waste data.

Priority goals and activities:

  • Support the development of strategies to implement the Bellingham Good Food Promise.
  • Support district administrators in gathering feedback from BPS students, parents and staff about the Bellingham Good Food Promise.
  • Identify opportunities for district staff and volunteers to coordinate food education in school cafeterias, classrooms, gardens, and events.
  • Support the alignment of food promotion and marketing efforts with the Bellingham Good Food Promise.


  • Patrick Durgan, Executive Chef/Director, Food Services Co-chair
  • Jessica Sankey, Director of Wellness Co-chair
  • Margaret Gude, Communications Specialist, Bellingham Public Schools Communication Department
  • Food Services Staff (two representatives)
  • Bellingham Public Schools administrator—director, principal, or assistant principal (1-2 representatives)
  • Three Bellingham Public Schools teachers, one representative from each school level: elementary, middle and high school
  • Three parents/guardians, one from each school level: elementary, middle and high school and representing different city geographic areas
  • Up to four students, one from each high school
  • At least one representative from each of the following organizations as available: Whatcom Farm-to-School; Common Threads Farm; RE Sources; WWU (sustainability and/or academic areas); Sustainable Connections; Whatcom County Health Department; Bellingham Food Bank


  • Participate in monthly meetings, plus additional subcommittee work as needed.

2019-20 Meetings:

  • Nov. 13, 5 to 7 p.m. at Shuksan Middle School

2018-19 Meeting Minutes:

2017-18 Meeting Minutes:


  • Submit recommendations as needed to Wellness, Food Services and the superintendent.

Budget Implications:

  • Over the course of the committee’s work, recommendations may require further superintendent approval or have operational implications. Any associated costs will be assessed at the time of such recommendations.