Bellingham voters passed a school bond measure in 2013 that included funds to build a centralized cooking kitchen. This central kitchen, which is scheduled to open in 2019, will help the district provide a less processed, more wholesome meal program.
There’s a lot of work to do before we can actually build the new kitchen. First, we must become clear about our vision and priorities, then we will identify details like square footage and equipment requirements, and then we will work with an architect to design a kitchen that will meet our needs. The new centralized kitchen will be built on the new Sehome High School campus, but the planning and building process for the new kitchen is separate from the Sehome Design Advisory Group’s work.
Over the last couple months, an advisory group of parents, staff, student and community members came together to develop a vision for our food services program. This group studied lessons learned from community partners and other districts who have already made this transition, as well as feedback from focus groups of local stakeholders. Details about the advisory group’s work, including key reports and notes of their meetings, can be found here.
The advisory group developed the following draft vision statement and they’d like your feedback before they finalize their work:
“We encourage a lifetime of healthy eating by feeding students nourishing, delicious, whole foods every day and by creating a supportive and joyful environment for students to learn about healthy food.”
Please click here to take a quick survey about our vision for food services.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us! The advisory group will take this feedback into account as they finalize the vision statement for Food Services.