A BETTER COURSE: Improving nutrition for kids at school & home
ABC was founded in 2005 as Campaign for Better Nutrition
Nutrition is the foundation of a healthy mind and body, and the food we prepare and eat with each other, strengthens the threads that knit our families and communities together.
We believe all children should be nurtured by the food they eat but often what we see is that the food children eat causes behavior and health problems, triggering long-term metabolic diseases, toxic reactions to chemicals used at the farm and in food processing, and immediate life-threatening reactions due to food allergies.
Lack of proper nutrients inhibits children's working memory and concentration as well as their ability to set goals and correctly evaluate and prioritize options, making it harder for them to benefit from their education.
The reasons for our nation's multifaceted poor childhood nutrition are many fold and stretch from farms to homes and communities. We believe there is A Better Course for America to create healthy childhoods, productive adulthoods, and thriving communities.
Our mission is to improve the nutrition low-income children receive through public programs and at home, so they can learn more, be healthier and better achieve their goals.
We accomplish this by educating and advocating with legislators, parents and the general public on the improvements needed in the availability and dissemination of nutritious food to families with low incomes, particularly through public food programs like the National School Lunch Program and CalFresh (SNAP/Food Stamps).
We also are working to raise awareness of how social justice issues inherent in food production, processing and distribution. There is a dangerous lack of transparency in our food system that feeds our children's poor health--from farming practices that deplete the nutrients in our produce, processing agents the public isn't told about, hidden allergens and stealth food recalls, to unlabeled use of GMOs. We both want to bring these problems to light and bring forward potential solutions to the public, media and decision makers.
After 15 years working to improve child nutrition policy at the federal, state and local level, our executive director, Colleen Kavanagh, founded A Better Course (ABC) in 2005, which was operated until 2014 under the organization's previous name Campaign for Better Nutrition.
ABC seeks win-win solutions for high-impact issues that interfere with the ability of low-income families to eat healthier and less processed foods. We collaborate with community partners and advocates, other nonprofits and government agencies to maximize the impact of our work. You will see examples of these in our Projects page.
We also are working to raise awareness of how social justice issues—the discrimination and bias against low-income people inherent in food production, processing and distribution--negatively affect health in vulnerable communities. We research these problems and potential solutions and bring them to the public, media and decision makers.
Our Charitable Status
A Better Course operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Community Initiatives, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable umbrella organization created by The San Francisco Foundation.
The IRS encourages smaller charitable organizations to operate under a fiscal sponsor instead of operating as a stand-alone 501(c)(3).
Operating under the umbrella of Community Initiatives (CI) allows us focus on our mission, while CI administers our financial reports for the IRS, payroll services for our consultants, and accounting for our revenues and expenses. As ABC grows, we may become an independent nonprofit but for now, our partnership with CI is ideal.
All donations to ABC are tax deductible and checks should be made out to CI with ABC in the memo line.
Our Connection to ZEGO ABC is excited that our executive director has started ZEGO to help fund ABC and provide healthy snacks for food sensitive people, including the millions of kids with food allergies and intolerances. A full 5% of ZEGO's profits support ABC. Learn more on our Support page.