The CIA Healthy Kids Collaborative was formed in 2015. It is a year-round, invitational initiative designed to both accelerate innovation and deepen technical and professional expertise in K-12 school food. It is a unique and focused multi-year collaboration between school nutrition professionals, school chefs, suppliers, and other stakeholders to create and advance culinary driven, healthier foods for kids.
The CIA Healthy Kids Collaborative leverages the combined expertise and experience of members, corporate members, and invited content experts with the goals of discovering flavor and menu strategies, highlighting successes and best practices, and developing training protocols and resources. The Collaborative works collectively to explore culinary solutions to increase the availability and acceptance of healthy foods in schools, engage with leading suppliers and stakeholders to gain insights and ideas and to influence solutions, and share insights and solutions widely with school districts across the United States.
The members meet once a year in December at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia.