Written by: Kira McNealy, FoodCorps Service Member with San Diego Unified School District
FoodCorps Service Members, Corrie King and Kira McNealy, with USDA Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Sciences, Kevin Concannon.
I’ve never been much of a planner. In fact, even meal prep gives me some sort of anxiety because knowing what’s on the menu every day for a week just doesn’t serve me well. Though I was quick to line up internships in college and excel scholastically, I didn’t put much thought into what came next. Getting my degree was really the pinnacle of my life. One thing I did plan for, however, was to find meaningful, fulfilling work and when I stumbled across FoodCorps in a Google search I really stopped looking. ...continue reading
Written by: Lauren Valentino, FoodCorps Service Member with Sierra Harvest
*Originally posted on Sierra Harvest's website.
Theresa Ruiz, Food Service Director for Nevada Joint Union High School District preparing a new salad recipe at the California Thursdays Training in San Diego, CA.
If you were tasked with redefining school lunch in California, where would you begin? Nevada County based non-profit Sierra Harvest and the Food Service Directors from Nevada Joint Union, Grass Valley and Twin Ridges School Districts have made notable achievements in procuring locally grown specialty vegetables, placing salad bars in the lunch lines, removing soda machines, and replacing some processed foods with scratch-cooked meals. None of these improvements happened over night; in fact, changing the face of school food in Nevada County has been a work in progress for years requiring a great deal of determination. This Spring, efforts to increase the fresh, local, food offered in school meals will be significantly expanded through an innovative state-wide campaign with one simple mission: to serve kids healthy meals made with California grown ingredients on Thursdays. ...continue reading
Written by: Kevin Hesser, Co-Founder of Gardens to Grow In and CFSN Mother Lode Co-Regional Lead
*Originally posted on The Union Democrat.
So many people and organizations have stepped up these last two in weeks as the Butte Fire burned more than 70,000 acres in Calaveras and Amador Counties, destroying over 500 houses and evacuating thousands from their homes for days on end. ...continue reading
Written by Susi Jones, Executive Director of Julian Pathways
Our school-community collaborative knows that healthy schools mean healthy families, communities and students, and that healthy students make better learners. That is why our collaborative partners elected to spend an entire year working on and writing a new Local School Wellness Policy for the Julian Union Elementary School District (JUESD). ...continue reading
Written by: Colin Cureton, San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative and CFSN San Diego Regional Lead
On a hot Friday morning in early September, over 30 people convened in Carlsbad, CA for the latest CFSN SoCal regional meeting. Members of the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce and Orange County Farm to School Taskforce in attendance included SoCal school districts, local farmers, produce distributors, local government, universities, nonprofits, and more. The meeting was facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP), which houses the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce. ...continue reading
Written by: Sheila McQuaid, Farm to Fork Coordinator and CFSN North Valley Regional Lead with Center for Healthy Communities (CHC)
The North Valley Region of the California Farm to School Network is comprised mainly of small, rural school districts. Our regional gathering has been focusing on creating community between the nutrition services teams from these districts via a day of connection, education, and celebration of their work. Last year we had teams from four districts demonstrate scratch cooking recipes, and then we all sat down and shared them for lunch.