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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!

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

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Lompoc’s Real & Fresh Grill Goes Live!

By Claud Mann Like many Nutrition Service Directors, Lompoc’s Kathy Bertelsen is confronted daily with the same challenge: How to entice high school students to remain on campus to enjoy the fresh meals she and Read more

Parent Support for Scratch-Cooked School Food is Just a Tasting Away

Here’s a video from last year about how Buena Vista Elementary School in Lompoc made the transition to scratch-cooked meals and won the hearts (and stomachs) of parents as well as students.  

Day 5: Students and Teachers

Guest Post by Dean Zatkowsky As we wrap up Culinary Boot Camp, I’m most impressed by two things: 1) how much the students relaxed and came to enjoy the class by the end of day Read more

Day 4 of the School Food Initiative’s Culinary Training

Guest Post by Dean Zatkowsky The days are long, and very, very full. We start with a healthy breakfast, prepared by a handful of students. Then we spend about an hour in the classroom, work Read more

Scenes from Day 3 of Culinary Boot Camp

Guest Post by Dean Zatkowsky Today’s curriculum centered on plant foods and applicable cooking techniques, which are mostly moist cooking techniques, such as steaming, blanching, boiling, etc. We also learned how to set up a Read more

Scenes from Culinary Boot Camp Day 2

Guest post by Dean Zatkowsky As the Communications Manager for the Orfalea Foundation, I’m also the in-house photographer. And let me tell you, it’s hard to beat an assignment where people feed you good food Read more

Coming Next Week: Live Blogging from Culinary Boot Camp!

All next week we’ll be live-blogging from the School Food Initiative’s Culinary Boot Camp in Lompoc, California. Stay tuned to learn why you shouldn’t wash raw chicken, why you should always calibrate your kitchen thermometer, Read more

The Right Tools for the Job

Bringing real food back to schools often requires the rebuilding of kitchens systematically dismantled over the past forty years. That’s why, in addition to our work on food literacy, garden-based learning, public policy, environmental understanding, Read more