The s'Cool Food Initiative will work at the district level to train food service personnel to improve cooking skills, funding equipment in school kitchens so cooking from scratch is possible, and educating school communities (including children and parents) about food, where it comes from and how to prepare it. Examples of educational programs include a school garden program, in which gardens are installed and teachers are trained to integrate food and the garden into their existing curriculum. They will also host Jr. Chef Day, a whole school cooking event. All children participate in making the recipe and then enjoy it together afterwards.
According to the CDC, of the children born in the year 2000, 1/3 of Caucasian and 1/2 of African American and Latino children will acquire type 2 diabetes in their life time. The CDC also says that the children born in the year 2000 will be the first generation of American children with shorter life expectancy than their parents. Given that illnesses such as type 2 diabetes are preventable and completely dependent on the types of foods eaten, the Orfalea Foundations seek to change the meals that children receive in school towards cooked from scratch, using fresh, local ingredients.
2013: We are seeking financial resources to sustain the work of the School Food Initiative, and to work with other communities to develop a model that can be adaptable in other schools districts across the country.
SEEKING: financial resources, implementing partners, best practice information, media/marketing opportunities.
OFFERING: best practice information.
The School Food Initiative is pleased to share information about our model (development, implementation, and evaluation practices) for school food reform with other funders, non-profit organizations, schools, et cetera.