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California Food for California Kids®



The California Food for California Kids initiative builds the capacity of public school districts to provide students with fresh, locally-grown food and reinforce connections between the classroom, cafeteria, and garden. With a network of over 100 public school districts across the state, California Food for California Kids advances practical solutions that transform school food systems and how students learn about the food they eat.

California Food for California Kids supports district-level operational excellence and leverages the magnitude of public school meals—nearly 1 billion served each year in California—to create positive changes in the food system through the purchasing power of school districts. The initiative provides an array of programs, resources, and inspiration for school nutrition professionals, educators, and school communities. It operates at multiple levels of scale, including a statewide network, regional clusters of school districts and their partners, and with programs operating within individual school districts.


California Food for California Kids®

Through its California Food for California Kids initiative, the Center for Ecoliteracy collaborates with a vibrant network of professional leadership in California and across the country. We offer resources and professional development opportunities that connect members with peers and experts, provide insight into innovations and best practices, build advocacy, and help develop relationships with community partners and government agencies. Our shared goals are to support aspiring leaders in serving more fresh, local food and to extend eating, learning, and growing across the entire campus through enriched experiences that connect the classroom, the cafeteria, and the school garden.

When participating districts serve more fresh, locally-grown food, they support student health and academic achievement and benefit local economies, communities, and the natural world.

“This is an exciting project for us, not only because of the obvious health benefits for the kids, but also their learning readiness, the promise of wonderful jobs, and the life prospects it creates for them. By reactivating the whole system and the prudent use of our scarce resources of energy, water, and topsoil, California can present a model to the rest of the country and the world in terms of connecting through our social contract to find the best solutions for the things that we all need and want to do together.”

Kat Taylor
Founding Director, TomKat Foundation


California Department of Food and Agriculture, Office of Farm to Fork
California School Employees Association
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Community Health Improvement Partners
Frontier Energy, Inc. 
Green Schoolyards America
National Farm to School Network
NextGen California
Office of Kat Taylor
San Mateo County Office of Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California Nutrition Policy Institute


California Department of Food and Agriculture
Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation
From Now On Fund
Marin Community Foundation
New Priorities Foundation
Panta Rhea Foundation
Pisces Foundation
Rockefeller Family Fund
Stupski Foundation
Sustainable Futures Fund
The California Endowment
The David B. Gold Foundation
The San Francisco Foundation
Tides Foundation
TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation
Transformation Trust
United States Department of Agriculture