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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

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

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

Panel 3: Kathleen de Chadenedes, Kim Greer, Nancy Weiss, and Bethany Markee.

School Wellness Summit Part 5: “We know that wellness pays in the long term, but how do we pay for it in the short term?”

Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative Director Kathleen de Chadenèdes opened the third panel of the School Wellness Summit by sharing the primary objection she hears when promoting innovative ideas in school health and wellness: “Where Read more

California State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson powers a bicycle blender to make smoothies for children at Mary Buren Elementary School in Guadalupe.

Food Day 2014: Local Schools Celebrate Health and Wellness

by Kirsten Criswell Food Day inspires Americans to change our diets and our food policies. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to Read more

It's hard to imagine a more beautiful spot for an early fall lunch than the Alisal Guest Ranch.

School Wellness Summit Part 4: An Environment for Innovation, Experimentation, and Sharing

After lunch – and you really don’t want to miss lunch at an event designed and managed by four professional chefs – attendees of the 2014 School Wellness Summit selected discussion tables to learn more Read more