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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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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 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 New Agenda for School Food

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

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.

Download RSL Wellness Policy

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

Blog Oakland Takes on Inequity through School Food

The Center for Ecoliteracy receives grants totaling $200,000 to work with Oakland schools.

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.

Blog Just Say No to Drugs ... at Lunch

Nice package. But what's really inside that milk carton?

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 Delicious Revolution

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

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