SBUSD Food Services Director Nancy Weiss with one of her department's three mobile cafes.

Nancy Weiss Faces School Food Challenges Head On

Here is a link to a lovely article in the Santa Barbara Independent about Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Nancy Weiss, and her work to modernize school food by getting back to basics: feeding kids Read more

Superintendent Banning, Margaret Fochl, and Food Services Director Baird.

Goleta Union Food Service Worker Named 2014 Classified Employee of the Year

By Claud Mann On Thursday, April 3, The Santa Barbara County Education Office honored a longtime Goleta Union nutrition services staff member as classified employee of the year in the child nutrition category. Margaret Foehl Read more

Chef Claud Mann teachers McKinley Elementary School students how to make delicious veggie wraps with produce from their own school garden.

Not All Change is Progress: Bring Back Home Economics

By Claud Mann In 2013 the Orfalea Foundation hosted its first Food Sovereignty Week, a series of free and low cost public events focused on our current food system, its impact on the health of Read more

REACH Parents Reflect on Their Students’ First Year

“I want to take a picture of you, because when you get back, you won’t be the same person.” Last fall, we interviewed some REACH students’ parents during a college prep workshop. The brief video Read more

Vapur® and Orfalea Foundation Bring Hydration Back to School

Vapur®, innovator of the flexible, reusable Anti-Bottle, is teaming up with the Orfalea Foundation in a sustainability effort to reduce waste and promote hydration in Santa Barbara County schools. As a longstanding member of 1% Read more

Children color pictures of healthy food at the Chumash Enterprises picnic.

Project ACT Turns Small Actions into BIG Workplace Wellness Gains, Part 3

Promoting the culture of health and wellness at the Chumash Casino during the pilot of Project ACT proved an interesting challenge, because there are so many shifts and so many different divisions. Communication is tough Read more


Project ACT Turns Small Actions into BIG Workplace Wellness Gains, Part 2

In the previous post, we discussed how the Orfalea Foundation’s interest in parent engagement led to the funding of a workplace wellness program called Project ACT. Project Manager Seth Nickinson wants people to understand that Read more


Recipe Instructions: First, Butter 26,670 Slices of Bread…

By Claud Mann Let’s be honest, a great grilled cheese sandwich is one of the most wholly satisfying food experiences possible. At its best, it arrives at the table warm and evenly golden, crisp on Read more

Fruity Fridays ensure that delicious healthy snacks are available at work.

Project ACT Turns Small Actions into BIG Workplace Wellness Gains, Part 1

By Melissa Fontaine and Dean Zatkowsky In a quiet, carpeted conference room at the Santa Barbara County Public Health office, Yoga Teacher Megan Michaels leads employees through a lunchtime yoga class. During their forty minute Read more

Why are these teenagers smiling? Because they know there is much to smile about.

“Thank You” Is More Than Good Manners: It is a Path to Success and Happiness

By Kari Weber Emotional intelligence and the practice of mindfulness received significant attention recently, including the front page of the February issue of Time magazine. Locally, Santa Barbara High School instituted Restorative Justice Practice, a 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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