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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.

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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.

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

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Blog How Much Food Will a Dollar Buy?

Schools have about a dollar to spend on the food in each lunch. What will that buy?

Essay Entertaining, Movable, and Alive: The School Menu in Clovis, California

Winning lunches with an ethnic twist are inspired by CEL's Cooking with California Food in K–12 Schools.

Download Cooking with California Food in K-12 Schools

Our acclaimed cookbook, resource for menu planning, and professional development guide by award-winning cookbook authors Georgeanne Brennan and Ann M. Evans.

Blog Cooking with California Food Conference

We presented our latest resources and strategies for fresh, local, healthy school meals at an August, 2011 conference.

Essay California Thursdays™

A collaboration between CEL, participating school districts, and allied groups to serve healthy, freshly prepared school featuring California food.

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 Food for California Kids

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

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 A Slice of Life

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

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.

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