Tag Archives: California Thursdays

Small Steps are Huge Wins: Two Months of Service Told in Haikus

Written By: Amy Garfinkel, FoodCorps Service Member with San Diego Unified School District

Healthy school meal options in San Diego Unified include: savory tortilla soup, scratch-cooked ribs, whole grain buns, fat-free milk, and a plethora of fresh fruits and veggies from the salad bar.

Healthy school meal options in San Diego Unified include: savory tortilla soup, scratch-cooked ribs, whole grain buns, fat-free milk, and a plethora of fresh fruits and veggies from the salad bar.

It’s September 1st
I’m thrilled to start my service
It’s a dream come true.

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California Thursdays: Collective Action Day

Written by: Sandy Curwood, RDN, MS, Director of Child Nutrition Services with Conejo Valley Unified School District 

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Director of Child Nutrition Services, Sandy Curwood, serves up a California Thursdays® recipe at the CA Farm to School Network Conference last spring.

California Thursdays® is what’s for lunch in school cafeterias across the golden state. On March 17th, 58 California school districts collectively took action showcasing the abundance of seasonal, regionally procured, delicious and nutritious foods in school cafeterias.  Continue reading

A Special Thanks to the San Diego Unified Cafeteria Staff

Written by: Corrie King, FoodCorps Service Member with San Diego Unified School District

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Cafeteria Site Leader Shelly Lofy promoting the salad bar at Jerabek Elementary.

Food is often the first thing that comes to mind when the topic of transforming school lunch is brought to the table. However, real change in the lunch room will not happen unless we appreciate and honor those who are with the children daily: the cafeteria staff. Continue reading

School Meals Will Never Be The Same In Western Nevada County

Written by: Lauren Valentino, FoodCorps Service Member with Sierra Harvest 

*Originally posted on Sierra Harvest’s website

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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

California Food for California Kids Webinar, Part 2 – Posted!

Ventura F2S CollaborativeDid you miss today’s webinar, part two of our series on school food innovation?

Today, for the second time, we featured three amazing school foodservice directors who have grown and sustained their Farm to School success through innovations in community building.

If you weren’t able to join, not to worry! Click “Continue Reading” below to access the recording of California Food for California Kids: Innovation from the Cafeteria to the Classroom, Part 2.

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California Thursdays: Building Farm to School in Oakland Unified School District

photo 2Today’s guest poster brings us back to Oakland for a more in-depth look at California Thursdays, a program we’ve shared about a bit in the past. After a year of service with Community HealthCorps in Mendocino County, John Pleasants has joined FoodCorps California and Oakland Unified School District to strengthen the district’s California Thursdays program. Continue reading to discover how Oakland Unified is spearheading local procurement programs in 85 schools across the district.

Oakland Unified School District is changing the way it serves school food one day at a time. Every day, school kitchens in Oakland are serving lunch to over 22,000 students, and every Thursday those same kitchens are now serving locally sourced and freshly prepared meals to kids across the district.  Continue reading