We partner with school districts to help make healthy and sustainable changes to the school food program. Our method for change includes:


Back 2 Basics 

Our Back 2 Basics grants are delivered to- school districts to support the elimination of the Harmful 7 ingredients. Back 2 Basics grant recipients are committed to the elimination of ingredients of concern, have a sustainable plan to reach that goal and are in need of financial assistance. Each partner has unique needs ranging from, but not limited to, capital equipment to education and marketing to professional development and training.

Current Recipients include:

Minneapolis Public Schools, MN

Boulder Valley School District, CO

Detroit Public Schools, MI

Roseville City School District/Dry Creek Joint Elementary, CA

Austin Independent School District, TX

Minnetonka Public Schools, MN

Programs & Partnerships

School Food Support Initiative (SFSI)

SFSI is our cooperative training program for small and medium-sized districts from the U.S. that want to innovate and improve their school meal programs to learn and work together to eliminate the Harmful 7 by transitioning to a cook-from-scratch model. We believe this is the most sustainable way to eliminate the Harmful 7 ingredients. Participating districts receive hands-on training from a team of school foodservice experts, on-site assessment and strategic planning of the school district’s operations, the opportunity to apply for an equipment grant, and technical assistance throughout the grant period.

SFSI is a Life Time Foundation program in partnership with Chef Ann Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, with support from The Gateway Fund. Learn more and see if you are eligible here.

2016 Cohort:

Bellingham Public Schools (Bellingham, WA), in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation & The Gateway Fund

Buford City Schools (Buford, GA)

Passaic Public Schools (Passaic, NJ)

Warren City Schools (Warren, OH), in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation & The Gateway Fund

Watertown Public Schools (Watertown, MA)

2017 Cohort:

Brewster Central School District (Brewster, NY)

Fridley Public Schools (Fridley, MN)

Norwood City School District (Norwood, OH)

Ocean View School District (Oxnard, CA)

Oxford School District (Oxford, MS), in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation & The Gateway Fund

Staunton City Schools (Staunton, VA), in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation & The Gateway Fund

Tempe Elementary School District (Tempe, AZ)

In partnership with the Chef Ann Foundation, the Life Time Foundation supports, which is a free online resource that provides tools and education to help improve school food. The Lunch Box offers more than 200 scalable and kid-tested recipes, menu cycle tools, financial management and procurement tools, training tools, marketing and educational materials, and more.


Nutrition Literacy

We provide an in-classroom education program that teaches elementary school students how to recognize healthy food, and understand why this food is good for them. We cover topics including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, protein and hydration. Each lesson is paired with physical activity, teacher support and parent take-homes for a fun and holistic program. Our lessons are delivered in English and Spanish through our volunteer Life Time Team Members.

Coming soon – Our lessons will be available electronically by late Fall 2017!


Let’s make school food healthy, fresh and nutritious. Let’s change the School Food Program together. We invite school districts that meet the following minimum requirements to apply for consideration:

  • Committed to reducing and removing the Harmful 7 Ingredients of Concern
  • Participates in the USDA National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Support from key stakeholders to include Superintendent, Nutrition Director and parents
  • Self-operating School Food Program
  • District has at least one school within a 20-mile radius of a Life Time destination. For locations, visit