Kirsten Saenz Tobey
Kirsten Saenz Tobey began her career teaching and leading education programs in the US and Latin America. She is an Ashoka Fellow, Aspen Institute Environmental Fellow, member of the Culinary Institute of America's Sustainable Business Leadership Council and past mentor for the Women's Initiative Fellowship Program. She hold a BA, Brown University and an MBA, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Kirsten is a former teacher and garden educator. In 2006, she co-founded Revolution Foods where she stewards the mission and drives the vision for the company. Kirsten is an Ashoka Fellow and Aspen Institute Catto Fellow. She is the recipient of honours and awards, including: Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Schwab Foundation (2015); co-named Entrepreneur of the Year, NewSchools Venture Fund (2010); Time Magazine's Education Activists (2011); 40 under 40, Fortune (2013).
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- Future of Food
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- North America, USA
Revolution Foods’ aim is to dramatically transform school lunch and close the access gap to healthy food for millions of low-income children in America. 70% of the meals served by Revolution Foods are for children enrolled in the free- or reduced-price lunches (FRL) programme, which serves children living at or just above the federal poverty line. The menus are specially prepared by nutritionists to be appealing to kids, do not have any processed foods, trans-fats, or additives, and include recommended daily servings of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Beyond the direct impact this proper nutrition has on children’s long-term healthy eating habits, attention span and Focus at school, Revolution Foods provides living wages, quality benefits, and employee stock options to over 840 employees in inner city metro areas. Revolution Foods also manages its procurement process for social impact, working with organic farmers and ranchers who raise livestock in ethical conditions.
In 2013, Revolution Foods launched a Meal Kit line providing affordable, balanced meals high in proteins and whole grains and low in added sugars with no artificial ingredients. The Meal Kits are already for sale in 2000 grocery stores across the US, and pilot sales are underway with Walmart, Costco, and 7-11.