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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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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 School Food, Public Policy, and Strategies for Change

Decisions about school food are about balancing the interests of corporations and those of advocates for children's health.

Essay Sodas in Schools: A Sticky Situation

School beverage policies should address obesity, tooth decay, and low-nutrient drinks' contributions to chronic illness.

Essay A Slice of Life

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

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 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.

Essay California Food for California Kids

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

Essay 10 Things You Can Do to Rethink School Lunch

Actions to take to join the movement for better school 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.

Download Rethinking School Lunch Guide

A planning framework in downloadable PDF form for improving school food, supporting sustainable food systems, and teaching and integrating curriculum around food issues.

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