Nutrition at Burke's

Burke's is committed to nourishing students to best facilitate optimal wellness and learning potential. The Burke's lunch program, run through ACRE Gourmet, is in its fourth year at Burke's. The program is a collaborative effort between the parent, faculty and student body committed to providing the best possible nutrition for our girls. Burke's selected ACRE as the lunch provider mainly for its locally sourced and organic foods and excellent reputation for quality. The whole school community participates in the lunch program. ACRE and the P.A. Wellness Committee are working together to create fun, effective nutrition education messages at Burke's.

ACRE Guiding Principles

ACRE manager Sahara O’Hanlan has partnered with the Wellness Committee to help facilitate communication and is dedicated in meeting the needs of Burkes community.

  • Cook food from scratch
  • Keep food affordable without compromising qualitiy
  • Keep food choices inclusive of particular health and diet needs
  • Support and use local and organic ingredients
  • Use grass-fed meat and free range poultry, free of hormones and antibiotics
  • Use only natural, non-hydrogenated oils in our cooking and dressings
  • Serve food fresh and hot, not reheated
  • Respect the environment through sustainalbe practices like our full composting/recycling program that aims for 'zero waste'

Acre Goals for a Better Food Culture

  • Educate and empower kids through the experience of eating our real food
  • Create dining areas that promote collegiality, conversation and friendship
  • Consciously integrate sustainable principles into the school curriculum including student farm visits, school gardens and inspiring guest speakers
  • Bring families and farmers together through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Acre Menus

  • Greatly exceed USDA guidelines for nutrition
  • Are low in sugar and free of trans fats
  • Are continually changing and offer a wide variety of healthy choices within each meal
  • Embrace cultural diversity
  • Are appetizing to a younger palate (for inspiration we ask kids for their favorite recipes)
  • Pay special attention to vegetarian and vegan options and all dietary/allergy concerns

A Sample Lunch

Eatwell Cards

The EATWELL cards, developed by the P.A. Wellness Committee, provide nutritional information about selected foods for the Burke's community. Eight times a year, the EATWELL cards are displayed in the Lunchroom. Parent volunteers encourage the girls to learn about the food they are eating and why it is good for their bodies. The topics reflect foods that are part of ACRE's seasonal menu. Wellness committee members provide the data in the cards with input from ACRE Gourmet staff. Parent Christine Stovell creates the graphics.
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.

Katherine Delmar Burke School

An independent K–8 school for girls
7070 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 415.751.0177 Fax: 415.666.0535
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