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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

“These Gifts Change Lives”

by Lois Mitchell and Catherine Brozowski On December 4, 2015, Orfalea Foundation President Lois Mitchell and Vice President Catherine Brozowski addressed the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara’s Community Leaders Luncheon.  Following are excerpts from their Read more


Video: School Wellness Summit Attendees Share Their Enthusiasm

At the conclusion of the 2015 School Wellness Summit, we interviewed attendees to learn what they thought about the day: 2015 School Wellness Summit from Orfalea Foundation on Vimeo.

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!

Food Action Plan -- Listening Sessions - Version 2

Help Create the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan!

From our friend Melissa Gomez Fontaine at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County: You are invited to a listening session for the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan. These listening sessions are an opportunity for Read more

Future engineers?

Five Santa Barbara Foundations Join White House to Support Early Childhood Education

WASHINGTON – Five Santa Barbara County foundations have joined the launch of Invest in US, a national campaign and challenge issued today by President Barack Obama to business leaders, philanthropists, advocates and public officials to Read more

REACH Parents Reflect on Their Students’ First Year

“I want to take a picture of you, because when you get back, you won’t be the same person.” Last fall, we interviewed some REACH students’ parents during a college prep workshop. The brief video Read more

Pop quiz, hotshot. If you were on The Price is Right, could you guess the cost of this scratch-cooked school lunch?

Video: Today’s Food Aid is Based on Ozzie-and-Harriet Era Assumptions

  In today’s three-minute video, Free For All author Jan Poppendieck explains why SNAP benefits, aka “food stamps,” do not last through the month.

Chef Instructor Claud Mann prepares a spice-tasting lesson at Culinary Boot Camp.

School Food Basics: Taste Everything!

In the video below, School Food Chef Instructor Claud Mann discusses an essential part of scratch cooking: tasting everything before it goes to the kids! Taste Everything from Orfalea Foundation on Vimeo.

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