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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

Sunsetting Orfalea Fund Shares Lessons from Entrepreneurial Approach to Philanthropy

Consistent with the entrepreneurial energy that has driven Paul and Natalie Orfalea’s philanthropy since the formation of the Orfalea Family Foundation in 2000, the frenetic pace has not slackened during the final months of The Read more


Solvang School’s Innovative Lunch Program Adopted in Buellton

From the Lompoc Record Fresh local ingredients freshly prepared. That’s the recipe for Solvang School’s award-winning meal program instituted three years ago by food service director and chef Bethany Markee. Starting this school year, an Read more


Schools to Focus on Health and Wellness of Students, Staff, and Families as Basic Conditions of Learning

Workplace wellness is gaining traction in the US, and many school districts now recognize that the benefits accrue to school communities as well. In recent years, Santa Barbara County schools have made great strides toward becoming Read more

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

Nancy Weiss Faces School Food Challenges Head On

Here is a link to a lovely article in the Santa Barbara Independent about Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Nancy Weiss, and her work to modernize school food by getting back to basics: feeding kids Read more


Recipe Instructions: First, Butter 26,670 Slices of Bread…

By Claud Mann Let’s be honest, a great grilled cheese sandwich is one of the most wholly satisfying food experiences possible. At its best, it arrives at the table warm and evenly golden, crisp on Read more


Video: Unleashing the Educational and Social Power of School Food

In this two and a half minute video, author Jan Poppendieck makes the case for eliminating school lunch payment tiers and viewing the cafeteria as a classroom that teaches children about healthy food and encourages Read more

Kermit McKenzie Junior High School Cafe Manager Ursula Guerrero and Principal Sal Reynoso. It doesn't take a lot of food to help kids concentrate through the morning.

Why Does Universal Breakfast in the Classroom Work in Some Schools and Not in Others?

by Dean Zatkowsky A recent series of articles and reader comments in the Los Angeles Times brought attention to the fact that Universal Breakfast in the Classroom (UBIC) programs are extremely controversial, but conversations about Read more