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California Food for California Kids®

The Center for Ecoliteracy’s California Food for California Kids® initiative supports school districts to provide students with freshly-prepared, locally-sourced school meals and experiences connecting the classroom, cafeteria, and garden. The initiative provides an array of programs, resources, and inspiration for school nutrition professionals, educators, and school communities.

With over 130 public school districts across the state and growing, the California Food for California Kids Network reaches more than two million students. Together, these districts provide one-third of the school meals served in California each year. California Food for California Kids advances practical solutions that transform school food systems and TK–12 education. 


“Looking back at our decade-long partnership, we have grown and are able to serve our students better.”
Vince Caguin, Natomas Unified School District


“Thank you for providing support and leadership to continue improving the foods we serve our students.”
Amy Haessly, RD, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District


"I’ve been part of California Food for California Kids since I was just starting out as a school nutrition director. The Network offers a valuable community of support that showcases what's possible when we serve students more fresh, local school meals.”
Jen McNeil, RDN, SNS, Founder and CEO of LunchAssist


About the Center for Ecoliteracy
The Center for Ecoliteracy advances change in TK–12 education and school food systems to support students and the people who nourish them. We create original resources, collaborate on advocacy, and cultivate a growing network of leaders in our California Food for California Kids® initiative. Our 30-year history of successful systems change has resulted in millions of public school students receiving more fresh, local food and education about sustainability and food systems. Visit us at