• Petitioned Tacoma School District
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

Superintendent, Carla Santorno
Tacoma School District
TSD School Board
Catherine Ushka
TSD School Board
Kurt Miller
TSD School Board
Scott Heinze
See response
TSD School Board
Karen Vialle

Allow Square Foot Nutrition to provide food in its lessons

    1. Kirsten Koetje
    2. Petition by

      Kirsten Koetje

      Tacoma, United States

Gardening, tasting and preparing real food is an essential part of Square Foot Nutrition's programming. Their goal is to educate youth on good nutrition and healthier eating habits. These lessons are the most powerful and best taught through real life experiences. Students learn to grow and harvest food from on-site gardens, learn to prepare healthful foods and then taste the fruits of their labor. To change habits and encourage healthful nutrition at the individual, family, and school level, it is paramount to allow real food be introduced to the students.  We want Square Foot Nutrition to be able to return to incorporate real food into their lessons with kids.  Our nation faces an obesity epidemic and this is an invaluable program helping to reverse our nation's unhealthy eating habits.

Tacoma School District, Superintendent, Carla Santorno
Catherine Ushka, TSD School Board
Kurt Miller, TSD School Board
Scott Heinze, TSD School Board
Karen Vialle, TSD School Board
Please allow Square Foot Nutrition to provide food in its lessons in Tacoma Schools once again. We love this partnership within the schools and want to restore this program's full impact by allowing them to expose students to real food. They have been doing it successfully and safely for years.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Scott Heinze responds:

      Scott Heinze

      As a member of the Tacoma School Board, I would like to thank all of you for your interest in helping our students increase their opportunities to improve their eating habits. I'd also like clarify a few points addressed in the petition.

    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Joel Rasmussen TACOMA, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      With out a program like this, our kids will become adults who will have to rely on McDonalds

    • Michael Moore TACOMA, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      The current American diet is dominated by processed, boxed, and fast foods. Many children don't know what 'real' food is and this program provides exposure to foods that children might not be familiar with today.

      • about 1 year ago

      The risks of non-fresh packaged processed food greatly surpasses any risks of preparing one's own freshly grown vegetables. Please let some logic prevail on this matter.

    • Beth Williamson TACOMA, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      My children have been involved in the program for years now. There is nothing better for a parent than when their son/ daughter comes home from school and declares that they now like kale, or ?! Ending the program would rob these children from the opportunity to try new foods they've grow themselves!

    • Madeline Trotter PUYALLUP, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      My students are much more aware about nutrition since having this program in the schools. I have witnessed this over a number of years. Also, there presenters all carry food handlers cards so I do not feel I need to worry about their preperations. I too have worked in the food service industry and have carried a food handlers card in the past and know what is expected. With knowledge, our students are making better food choices.


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