Video: School Wellness Summit Attendees Share Their Enthusiasm

At the conclusion of the 2015 School Wellness Summit, we interviewed attendees to learn what they thought about the day: 2015 School Wellness Summit from Orfalea Foundation on Vimeo.

KCOY TV Covers the GOOD NEWS in School Food Reform

Every day, more people recognize that the whole child comes to school – not just the test-taking parts!

Santa Barbara Unified School District Food Service Manager Nancy Weiss with Orfalea Foundation co-founder Natalie Orfalea.

Foundation Promises Two School Wellness Grants, Awards Three

Attendees of the second annual School Wellness Summit on October 8 returned from their lunch break eager to hear from five finalists vying for two $5,000 grants from the Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative. Each Read more

Natalie Orfalea, Salud Carbajal, and Kathleen de Chadenedes

2015 School Wellness Summit Shares Best Practices in Campus Nutrition and Physical Activity

Over 150 administrators, teachers, parents, food service managers, students, vendors, and service providers gathered at the Alisal Guest Ranch on October 8 for the second School Wellness Summit, hosted by the Orfalea Foundation and the Read more

Help Solve the Preschool and Child Care Crisis in Santa Barbara County

Join First 5 Santa Barbara County and an esteemed panel of policy-makers, service providers and educators on October 19 to discuss options for improving access to early childhood education and childcare in our county. A Read more

A little dirt, a little water, and a whole lot of joyous learning.

Press Release: Sunsetting Orfalea Fund Releases Third-Party Evaluation of Early Childhood Education Work

The Santa Barbara based Orfalea Fund, which will sunset at the end of 2015 and has invested over $30 million in early childhood education (ECE), has released a third-party summative evaluation investigating the organization’s impact Read more

Sunsetting Orfalea Fund Shares Lessons from Entrepreneurial Approach to Philanthropy

Consistent with the entrepreneurial energy that has driven Paul and Natalie Orfalea’s philanthropy since the formation of the Orfalea Family Foundation in 2000, the frenetic pace has not slackened during the final months of The Read more

Local dignitaries attend a ribbon cutting at the New Lompoc Central Kitchen.

School Food Partners In The News

Two longtime partners of the School Food Initiative were recognized in the press this month. Lompoc Unified School District celebrated the opening of its remodeled central kitchen, as covered by the Lompoc Record HERE. “Much Read more

Lompoc District Food Service Manager Kathy Bertelsen assists a student who chose to demonstrate the quality of her school's scratch-cooked food.

Lompoc High School Medical Science Fair Provides Information for Healthy Decisions

by Dean Zatkowsky The Lompoc High School Health and Wellness Career Academy hosted its second annual Medical Science Fair on Thursday, March 26 and I was honored to attend. Students presented fifty-five projects that included research Read more

How Can The School Nutrition Association Best Serve All of Its Stakeholders – Including Children?

by Claud Mann After working with The White House to help pass the 2010 Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, the SNA is now actively lobbying to gut the requirements specified in the act. Specifically, SNA Read more