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The Company That’s Keeping Junk Out of School Cafeterias

November 19, 2013
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The Company That’s Keeping Junk Out of School Cafeterias
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Gourmet Gorilla sources ingredients from locally and from organic suppliers

Word association. I say, “school lunch,” you say…. “Gross.” “Junk food.” “Mystery meat.” It doesn’t have to be that way, and a young Chicago couple is proving it. They didn’t like the choices available at their son’s preschool, so they started Gourmet Gorilla.* Four years later, the company delivers 10,000 better meals and snacks to 90 elementary and preschools each school day. They source about 70% of their ingredients locally and from organic suppliers. Now, I’m fully aware that money is the elephant in the room for school lunch choices, especially in cash-strapped urban public school systems. But there’s always a way to do a bit better. Our kids deserve it.

*I’m betting this is a play on the irresistible kid’s book Goodnight Gorilla.

 

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