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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.

Orfalea Foundation Food Literacy Manager Melissa Fontaine leads early childhood educators in a food systems exercise.

Preschool Food Initiative Prepares Early Childhood Educators

By Carol Capito Bright and early on an August Saturday morning in Santa Maria, a group of 55 early childhood educators began a full day of training covering healthy food practices in preschools and early education centers.  Read more

Students Plant Edible Landscape at Santa Barbara High School

by Melissa Fontaine When Jose Caballero challenged his 3rd period Environmental Science students to address an environmental problem in Santa Barbara, his students came up with a delicious solution. The class idea was to transform part Read more

Promotores Training with The School Food Initiative: Day 4 and Graduation

Wednesday, May 22, marked the fourth specialized culinary training of Santa Barbara County promotores by Chef Instructors and staff from Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative. (For more information about Santa Barbara County’s promatores de salud program, see our Read more

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What Can You Do about Health and Wellness Policies at Your Local School? Plenty!

Guest Post by Tricia Godfrey, School Food Initiative School Outreach Manager. The 2004 mandate that all school districts create, implement and monitor their own wellness policies could be a powerful tool for improving student health Read more

Promotores Training with The School Food Initiative: Day 3

Wednesday, May 16, marked the third day-long culinary training of twenty-six Santa Barbara County promotores by Chef Instructors and staff from the Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative.

The fruits of their labor. REACH students sit down to enjoy the meal they shopped for, prepped, and cooked.

REACH Students Pursue Food Literacy

Students in the Orfalea Foundation’s REACH Youth Development Program have spent weeks in the wilderness learning self-confidence and self-reliance, participated in college tours to better plan their educational future, received first-aid training to competently deal with emergencies, Read more