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Change Your School Food

Out of more than a decade of work with school food systems, the Center for Ecoliteracy has developed a planning framework, "Rethinking School Lunch," which identifies ten aspects of school operations that relate to food change—ten pathways that allow you to begin the change process from a place that fits your resources, interests, and opportunities.

Our downloadable RSL Guide presents the case for rethinking school food along with ideas and recommendations for using this planning framework. The Center also offers a variety of other resources, including books, curriculum guides, essays, and downloadable tools, as well as seminars, consultations and presentations based on the Rethinking School Lunch framework.

Essay
California Food for California Kids Awards

The Center recognizes innovative leaders and school districts in the movement to incorporate fresh, seasonal food in school meals.

Event

Nov 14, 2013: CEL convened California school food service innovators for a day of cooking, learning, and inspiration.

Download

21 new recipes for reimbursable school meals from fresh ingredients, scaled and tested for quantities of 50 and 100.

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Essay A Delicious Revolution

Learning to make right choices about food is the most important key to environmental awareness.

Essay A New Agenda for School Food

Children's health has never been the central goal of school food programs. We need a new paradigm.

Essay A New Era for Nutrition Education

It is time for a new philosophy of nutrition education that informs our children about their personal health and the future of our planet.

Essay A Slice of Life

Experiential learning is an effective strategy for the worldwide crisis of nutrition-related health problems.

Download Are California Kids Eating California Food?

The bounty of California agriculture is immense, but many leading California crops are not reaching the state's students.

Essay California Food for California Kids

An initiative with ideas, models, and resources focused on California that can be adapted anywhere.

Essay California Food for California Kids Awards

The Center recognizes innovative leaders and school districts in the movement to incorporate fresh, seasonal food in school meals.

Essay California Thursdays Success Story: Oakland Unified

California Thursdays helps Oakland transform a complex, well-established system through manageable steps.

Essay California Thursdays Success Story: San Diego Unified

San Diego USD is sending the message that school food can be both delicious and nutritious, and the district's students are listening.

Essay California Thursdays Success Story: Turlock Unified

After Turlock Unified's food service launched its "real.fresh" marketing campaign, student participation increased 300 percent.

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