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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!

Natalie Orfalea, Salud Carbajal, and Kathleen de Chadenedes

2015 School Wellness Summit Shares Best Practices in Campus Nutrition and Physical Activity

Over 150 administrators, teachers, parents, food service managers, students, vendors, and service providers gathered at the Alisal Guest Ranch on October 8 for the second School Wellness Summit, hosted by the Orfalea Foundation and the Read more

Lompoc District Food Service Manager Kathy Bertelsen assists a student who chose to demonstrate the quality of her school's scratch-cooked food.

Lompoc High School Medical Science Fair Provides Information for Healthy Decisions

by Dean Zatkowsky The Lompoc High School Health and Wellness Career Academy hosted its second annual Medical Science Fair on Thursday, March 26 and I was honored to attend. Students presented fifty-five projects that included research 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.

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Food Literacy Intern Teaches Kids – And Learns a Lot

by Katy Villanueva Over the course of this long, dry summer, I taught food literacy classes at day camps throughout Santa Barbara County. These camps are all “feeding sites,” or extensions of the regular CAC/Food Read more

Professional Development: The Future of School Food

  By Claud Mann 2013 marked the completion of The Orfalea Foundation’s five-year cycle of Culinary Boot Camps designed to improve food service workers’ ability to integrate healthful, cooked-from-scratch meals into Santa Barbara County schools. Read more

Students represent stages in the food system during a Chef in the Garden lesson.

Kids Find a Chef in their Garden, Learn to Pickle Beets – And Love It!

by Dean Zatkowsky In April, Orfalea Foundation Chef Instructor Janet Stevenson and Explore Ecology Environmental Educator Maggie Iba offered a Chef In The Garden program at Aliso Elementary School in Carpinteria, California. Children learned about food systems Read more

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Author Michael Moss to Speak at UCSB’s Campbell Hall on Saturday, February 22

  Join us this Saturday at 3:00 PM when Michael Moss, author of Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, takes the stage at UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Moss’s investigative reporting goes inside America’s Read more

Sugar is only part of the problem. Ignorance of how much sugar we are consuming is the greater health hazard.

Video: Sugar Disconnect

Sorry to mention this while all those holiday sweets are tempting you, but in today’s one-minute video, School Food Initiative Lead Chef Instructor Janet Stevenson reminds us that small amounts of processed sugar add up Read more