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Why Does School Food Matter? An Interview with the Director of the School Food Initiative

Read Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative Director Kathleen de Chadenedes’ interview with Nourish HERE.

Lompoc Unified School District Superintendent Trevor McDonald with Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative Director Kathleen de Chadenedes.

Lompoc Unified School District Awarded $1.2 Million Grant to Expand Scratch-Cooked Entrees and Freshly Prepared Salad Bar Choices to All of its 14 Schools

September 29, 2014, Santa Barbara, CA: The Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative (SFI) announced today that it has awarded $1.2 Million to the Lompoc Unified School District for the remodeling of its central kitchen, which provides Read more

Magali and other REACH students during a college tour.

In Pursuit of Higher Education: Two REACH Students’ Journey

Part 1: Introduction by Ken Gates In this occasional series, we’ll follow the adventures of two REACH students as they work their way through the process of getting from high school to college, from researching Read more

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Representative from Homeland Security to Speak at Santa Barbara Forum for Disaster Preparedness

Join faith-based and community-based leaders, including NGOs, emergency management and response professionals, for a one-day event to strengthen collaborative efforts for whole-community care in Santa Barbara County. 2014 Forum for Disaster Preparedness: Strengthening Faith-Based and Read more

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Solvang School’s Innovative Lunch Program Adopted in Buellton

From the Lompoc Record Fresh local ingredients freshly prepared. That’s the recipe for Solvang School’s award-winning meal program instituted three years ago by food service director and chef Bethany Markee. Starting this school year, an Read more

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Food Literacy Intern Teaches Kids – And Learns a Lot

by Katy Villanueva Over the course of this long, dry summer, I taught food literacy classes at day camps throughout Santa Barbara County. These camps are all “feeding sites,” or extensions of the regular CAC/Food Read more

Where's the best place to learn about outdoor classrooms? In an outdoor classroom, of course!

Adults Learning in the Outdoor Classroom

by Eric M. Nelson Here are some photos of participants in the 3rd annual Nature Explore / Outdoor Classroom Project Leadership Institute at the Arbor Day Foundation’s Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska. At this dynamic, interactive Read more

Sydney Iverson, at right, assists another REACH backpacker with blister management.

A REACH Student’s Blue Lakes Expedition Journal

By Sydney Iverson As I skim through my journal to review my notes for this article, I am confronted with mosquitos and bits of sage that are pressed into its pages. The sage is there Read more

Recent Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara Recipients. Photo by Brad Elliott.

Reaching the Unexpected Student (or The Student No One Saw Coming)

The announced departure of Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara (SFSB) Executive Director Colette Hadley, with whom we have worked closely since our foundation’s launch in 2000, caused us to reflect on the way we – Read more

Professional Development: The Future of School Food

  By Claud Mann 2013 marked the completion of The Orfalea Foundation’s five-year cycle of Culinary Boot Camps designed to improve food service workers’ ability to integrate healthful, cooked-from-scratch meals into Santa Barbara County schools. Read more

About WholeChildAction

Whole Child Action is a collection of best practices, resources, and role models collected by the Orfalea Foundation through our work in early childhood education, school food reform, and youth development. READ MORE

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