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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?

Download Forging the Justice Path

School food system reform is a critical strategy for addressing fundamental justice issues.

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 fruits and vegetables.

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: 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: Oakland Unified

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

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.

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