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As of April 2021, we have partnered with 25 school districts across the country, helping increase healthier food access for 1.6 million students in 3,526 schools.

Grant Recipients

Our partners are our true champions in delivering our mission, so that every child receives the most nourishing food possible:

Austin Independent School District, TX

Boulder Valley School District, CO

Cincinnati Public Schools, OH – Jessica Shelly

Denver Public Schools, CO – Theresa Hafner

Detroit Public Schools Community District, MI – Chef Kevin Frank

Emporia Public Schools, KS – Denise Kater

Fayetteville Public Schools, AR – Ally Mrachek

Lake County School District, CO – Julie Mehle

Laveen School District, AZ – Jennifer Gordon

Milwaukee Public Schools, WI – Omer Abdullah

Minneapolis Public Schools, MN – Bertrand Weber

Minnetonka Public Schools, MN – Jane Bender

Napa Valley USD, CA – Kristen Tekell

New York City Department of Education, NY – Christopher Tricarico

Novato Unified School District, CA – Cody Williams

Osborn School District, AZ – Cory Alexander

Roseville City School District/Dry Creek Joint Elementary, CA – Mohamed Elazazy


Over the years the Life Time Foundation has funded and collaborated with school food operators and other non-profits to accelerate change across the country.  Here are some examples.

Get Schools Cooking

Get Schools Cooking is an intensive 3-year assessment and strategic planning program that provides schools with the operational knowledge to transition from a heat & serve to scratch cook operational model. Because we believe that scratch cooking is the most sustainable way to eliminate the Harmful 7 categories, we joined forces with the Chef Ann Foundation, Whole Kids Foundation and The Gateway Fund to benefit the following districts.

2016 Cohort:

Bellingham Public Schools, WA

Buford City Schools, GA

Warren City Schools, OH

Watertown Public Schools, MA

2017 Cohort:

Brewster Central School District, NY

Fridley Public Schools, MN

Ocean View School District, CA

Oxford School District, MS

Staunton City Schools, VA

Tempe Elementary School District, AZ

Minnesota School Food Initiative

Brooklyn Center Community Schools – Carrie Donovan

Inver Grove Heights Schools – Glen Ritter

South St. Paul Public Schools – Glen Ritter

Contact Us!

For more information or questions on partnering with the Life Time Foundation, please email Valeria La Rosa, Sr. Program Manager, at

a map of the united states with avocadoes as markers showing where schools have received our grants, with the text: 27 school districts
illustrated colorful stick figures with the text 1.7 million students
An illustrated school bus with the text, 3,554 schools
An illustrated school lunch tray with fork and one compartment filled with vegetables, and the text, 256 million meals

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