Our Goal: Create Dignified Built Environments
We create dining spaces that delight students and kitchen spaces that make it possible to prepare and serve good food. Comfortable and appealing spaces are central to how students experience the school meal program.
How we get there
- Renovated kitchens and equipment
- Upgraded serving line infrastructure
- Redesigned dining spaces
- Improved food presentation
- Environmentally responsible meal program
- More accessible serving locations
In Fall 2019, we celebrated the grand opening of the new McAteer Culinary Center. The kitchen will serve our Early Education sites, the two high schools on campus (The Academy and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts), and select elementary schools as part of our pilot to create fresh meals in-house and distribute across the district. At our middle and high schools, we're upgrading equipment to prepare more freshly made meals in-house. As facilities are upgraded to prepare and serve fresh food, our procurement practices can improve as well. Learn more about our efforts to nourish students with good food.
Dining Space Redesigns
Welcoming dining spaces that students enjoy are an essential part of the school meal experience. We have opened 52 redesigned dining spaces at SFUSD so far, and are working on an additional 12 redesigns. From 2015 to 2018, a public/private partnership allowed us to complete 18 spaces. From 2018 to 2020, general obligation bond funds were used to create 34 new spaces. With new furniture, graphics, and artwork, we’re creating student-centered spaces that reflect each individual school, supporting our goal to create dignified built environments. For more information on participating in a dining space redesign process at your school, contact Ivan Rodriguez.
Balboa High School
Student leaders involved with Balboa's nutrition and wellness program helped to design the dining area. The students wanted a space that felt sophisticated and highlighted the values of the schools: Equity, Justice, Empathy.
Lincoln High School
Over 100 students at Lincoln participated in a series of 3 design workshops in order to create a new vision for their dining area.
Marina Middle School
Students, PTA members, teachers, and dining staff all participated in the dining area space redesign workshops for the Marina cafeteria.
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Middle School
The new space was designed with interactive graphics that connect the dining experience to the STEM and Arts curriculum.
Phillip and Sala Burton High School
Student leaders propelled a redesign to transform the dining area at Burton from an underutilized part of campus to a student community hub.
Everett Middle School
Working closely with students and staff, a new dining space was created emphasizing the social justice themes of the school.
Thurgood Marshall Academic High School
In partnership with The Future Project and students leading the "Cafeteria Revamp Squad", Marshall's dining space was redesigned with to convert the previously underutilized space into one that is engaging and fun for students.