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Auburn School District Electrifies Summer Food Program

The opportunity

Our partner, Auburn School District in Western Washington, has been pioneering in their approach to providing fresh, healthy, and diverse food options as part of every meal. A crucial part of ensuring access to more children is their fleet of 11 Summer Lunch Vans that bring meals to where they are needed most. In early 2022, Auburn School District embarked on a pilot program with our Joule Case battery system for one of their Summer Lunch Vans. They also acquired two solar panels and partnered with a local installer to provide a clean, renewable charging source for the batteries. The results exceeded our expectations.

Client Requirements

Maintain food quality
Minimize food waste
Enhance workplace ergonomics
Ensure highest food safety standards in any weather

The Solution

Following the success of the pilot program, Auburn School District has now greened two more of their Summer Lunch Vans using our Joule Case battery systems. These vans, like the first, are powered by our battery system and charged using clean, renewable energy from solar panels.

Our Joule Case battery system allows the food to be kept in a continuously cold or hot environment (depending on the meal), enabling the Food Service Team to provide better quality meals throughout the day and throughout the summer. This environmental consistency also ensures food safety standards are maintained, drastically reducing spoilage and food waste.

In addition to offering better meals, deploying our battery system has proven beneficial for the district's employees. Without having to haul around large cooler bags full of ice from site to site to keep meals at temperature, the daily wear and tear of labor were minimized. It also allowed a single employee to handle setup and breakdown at each site instead of two.

"The battey-powered van is loved by the staff operating it. It is easy to operate - just flick a switch to fire up the refrigerators and oven."

Overall, our Joule Case battery system has allowed the Auburn School District to improve quality, reduce costs, and minimize the carbon footprint of its Summer Food Program. We are thrilled to be part of their plan to expand this initiative to the rest of their fleet, furthering their commitment to quality, cost-effectiveness, and environmental sustainability.


Battery-Powered Vans


Meals Served in 2022


Days Charged by Shore Power
With the two solar panels, over the course of the summer program, we never had to charge our battery from shore power. And this is the Seattle area! This pilot was very successful, and we plan on converting our entire fleet over to battery systems in the coming years.

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