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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.

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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 California Thursdays Success Story: Turlock Unified

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

Essay California Thursdays Success Story: Oakland Unified

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

Essay California Thursdays™

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

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.

Download RSL Wellness Policy

A Model Wellness Policy Guide to help you review, revise, and update your local wellness policy.

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.

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.

Download Los Angeles Unified School District: A New System for Purchasing Food for School Meals

A radical redesign of school food procurement to improve meals while saving money and supporting regional agriculture.

Download School Lunch Survey

In this solution-oriented lesson, students conduct a school lunch survey to gather ideas and then present recommendations for improving their school district's lunch offerings...

Download School Meals Featuring California Foods

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

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