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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

Lompoc High Braves Become Agents of Nutritional Change

by Kirsten Criswell After attending the School Wellness Summit in October 2014, Lompoc High School Health and Wellness Career Academy Coordinator Jenn Pyre saw an opportunity to strengthen wellness education. In collaboration with the Child 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

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

Free Summer Meals in Santa Barbara County for Kids and Teens

  Below is a letter The Orfalea Foundation received from Laura Burton Capps, who along with No Kid Hungry spokesman Jeff Bridges, has been a vocal proponent of summer feeding in Santa Barbara County. We 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

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

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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

“…I’m becoming a better man and a better person…” -Leon Sanchez

If you feel in need of inspiration, check out this repost from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Health Initiative website featuring a 90 second video that we just had to share. We look forward to watching Read more

Goleta Union School District Thanksgiving Feast Feeds Over 3,000!

By Claud Mann Today was a very special day for students in the Goleta Union School District. Thanks to Food Service Director Sharon Baird and her dedicated staff, every student at all nine schools enjoyed Read more