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SBCEO Deputy Superintendent Susan Salcido offered closing remarks at the 2014 School Wellness Summit.

School Wellness Summit Part 6: “We share a common moral compass; an understanding that while we’re here to ensure student academic achievement, we’re also here to support the overall wellbeing of these kids.”

As our day of education, inspiration and camaraderie drew to a close, School Food Initiative Director Kathleen de Chadenèdes returned to the lectern to thank the attendees and discuss the future of the School Wellness 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

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

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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

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