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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.

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Video: Private Charity Provides Only 4% of Food Aid In America

There are over 61,000 private charitable food banks, pantries, and other food aid distributors in the USA, but all together they provide only 4% of America’s food aid, according to author Jan Poppendieck. With one-in-four Read more

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.

Thoughtful preparation keeps a school kitchen running smoothly, even under tight daily deadlines.

Culinary Boot Camp Video – Mise en Place

The Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative devotes a lot of time to the concept of Mise en Place during Culinary Boot Camp, because a safe, efficient, effective kitchen requires good organizational skills and planning, as Read more

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Stakeholders Convene to Discuss Future of School Gardens Across the Country

By Erin Weber On September 12, 2013, the Orfalea Foundation and 1% for the Planet convened Seeds-To-Systems, an exclusive group of philanthropists, businesses, and policy-makers to discuss the long-term sustainability of school garden programs. “We Read more

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Students Across Santa Barbara County Celebrate National Food Day

Throughout Santa Barbara County, thousands of students celebrated Food Day on October 24th with creative, delicious, and colorful events, such as green smoothie tastings, art projects, salad bar debuts, lunch contests, visiting chefs, rainbow outfits, Read more

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Meet The Chef: Naomi Serizawa

Chef Instructor Naomi Serizawa sees the ripple effect of teaching scratch cooking to school food service workers.

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Cooking From Scratch is at the Heart of the School Food Initiative

Until November 1, Jack Johnson‘s Ohana Charitable Foundation is matching donations to the School Food Initiative. Please donate using the button below, and your gift will go twice as far! Over the next few weeks, we’ll Read more

Santa Barbara Celebrates Food Day

Food Day in Santa Barbara Food Day is a national celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food taking place all over the nation on October 24th—including Santa Barbara County.  This is an opportunity to Read more

Salad Bars Empower Students to Make Their Own Choices from an Array of Healthy Options

Until November 1, Jack Johnson‘s Ohana Charitable Foundation is matching donations to the School Food Initiative. Please donate using the button below, and your gift will go twice as far! Over the next few weeks, we’ll Read more