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Lompoc Unified School District Superintendent Trevor McDonald introduces the panel on Wellness and Student Achievement.

School Wellness Summit Part 3: What Hill Are We Willing To Die On?

During the second panel of the 2014 School Wellness Summit, a Superintendent, an Assistant Superintendent, and two Principals discussed the impact of wellness policies on student achievement. Trevor McDonald, Superintendent of Lompoc Unified School District, Read more

Monica Scafide discusses the value of a customized Wellness Policy.

School Wellness Summit Part 2: “Goals are Not Enough. You Need Action Steps and Accountability Methods.”

    by Dean Zatkowsky The first of three panels held during the School Wellness Summit covered District Wellness Policies, as well as the goals behind them and the committees tasked with creating, revising, and Read more

Assistant Superintendents Sid Haro and Emilio Handall co-hosted the 2014 School Wellness Summit.

School Wellness Summit, Part 1: “I Don’t Want To Do This Alone.”

by Dean Zatkowsky As the fog burned away to reveal a beautiful fall morning at the Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, California, Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative Director Kathleen de Chadenèdes welcomed a hundred local Read more

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Why Does School Food Matter? An Interview with the Director of the School Food Initiative

Read Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative Director Kathleen de Chadenedes’ interview with Nourish HERE.

Lompoc Unified School District Superintendent Trevor McDonald with Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative Director Kathleen de Chadenedes.

Lompoc Unified School District Awarded $1.2 Million Grant to Expand Scratch-Cooked Entrees and Freshly Prepared Salad Bar Choices to All of its 14 Schools

September 29, 2014, Santa Barbara, CA: The Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative (SFI) announced today that it has awarded $1.2 Million to the Lompoc Unified School District for the remodeling of its central kitchen, which provides Read more


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

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Food Literacy Intern Teaches Kids – And Learns a Lot

by Katy Villanueva Over the course of this long, dry summer, I taught food literacy classes at day camps throughout Santa Barbara County. These camps are all “feeding sites,” or extensions of the regular CAC/Food 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


Schools to Focus on Health and Wellness of Students, Staff, and Families as Basic Conditions of Learning

Workplace wellness is gaining traction in the US, and many school districts now recognize that the benefits accrue to school communities as well. In recent years, Santa Barbara County schools have made great strides toward becoming 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