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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.

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Video: Cooking From Scratch Requires an Investment in the Right Tools

In the brief video below, Chef Instructor Kirsten Criswell explains why the Orfalea Foundation’s support for scratch-cooking in our local schools has included the purchase of top-quality kitchen equipment.  

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99% of Schools Continue Serving Healthy Food!

By Claud Mann Hardly a day has gone by since the start of the school year without some mention of school food in the local or national news. Most recently, hundreds of newspapers ran the Read more

SBUSD Food Services Director Nancy Weiss with one of her department's mobile cafes.

School Food Has Gotten Its Act Together and Taken It On The Road

Attendees at the September 12 Orfalea Foundation program, The Future of Hunger: An Evening with Jan Poppendieck, will have a special opportunity to experience the new face – and taste – of school food in Read more

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Los Angeles Unified is Determined to Provide Healthy Food for Our Children

Click Here for a story about LAUSD’s perseverance as they walk the tightrope to provide nutritious meals that students will eat. School food reform is a long-term – very long-term – process, but the health, social, Read more

From salad bar etiquette to kitchen safety to the effect of sugar on a child's metabolism, Culinary Boot Camp students make the connection between their work and the lifelong health and wellness of the children they feed.

Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative Celebrates Training of 350 School Food Service Employees as it Hosts Final Culinary Boot Camp

From salad bar etiquette to kitchen safety to the effect of sugar on a child’s metabolism, Culinary Boot Camp students make the connection between their work and the lifelong health and wellness of the children Read more

Oak Valley Elementary School Principal Rob Bergan and fifth graders.

How Logical is Recess Before Lunch?

By Dean Zatkowsky “You wouldn’t eat a big meal and then go straight to the gym, would you?” I thought it was a trick question; that she was trying to get me to admit that Read more

He Tried It. He Liked It.

School Food Chef Instructor Naomi Serizawa shared this story: “On Tuesday, the first day of the Goleta Union School District’s Health Fair for fifth-graders, a student  came up to the Healthy Snack table and said, Read more

Breakfast in the Classroom at La Cumbre Junior High

We’ll be posting a lot more about breakfast in the classroom, but in the meantime, here’s a news report from last year that explains some of the advantages for students and educators.  

Smart Trash Cans Keep Silverware Out of the Bin

Returning from disposable to durable cafeteria settings reduces waste and saves money, but only if you don’t throw away the silverware! Fortunately, these smart trash cans use magnets to catch the flatware before it disappears.