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Orfalea Fund Releases Third-Party Evaluation of its Eight-Year School Food Initiative

As part of its strategy to share what it has learned with the public and other philanthropists before sunsetting at the end of this year, the Orfalea Fund commissioned a comprehensive summative evaluation of its School Read more

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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

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

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

Chefs on Campus, In the Garden and the Classroom

Last Wednesday I got a little lonesome in the upstairs offices of the Orfalea Foundation, as my coworkers were nowhere to be found. Checking everyone’s calendars, I saw that Claud Mann was at Dos Pueblos Read more

About School Food Action

School Food Action is an online project of the Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative, which empowers the public school districts in Santa Barbara County to implement and sustain nourishing cooked-from-scratch food service operations. READ MORE