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Cooking School


Food Literacy Center
Future Cooking School & Headquarters

“Food literacy education is as important as reading and math. This project brings critical food education into school day academic curriculum, a big broccoli step towards improving the health of our kids!”

-Amber Stott, Founding Executive Director, Food Literacy Center

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Rendering of Food Literacy Center

About the Cooking School

Our new center is coming this fall! Floyd Farms at Leataata Floyd Elementary will be home to a city-run community garden, Food Literacy Center’s cooking school and headquarters, and student gardens managed by our program staff.

Kid with broccoli

Support Expanded Programs
at the new cooking school and garden

Our organization is ready to grow and increase programs for the kids we serve. The cooking school is being built and paid for by the Sacramento City Unified School District, so every new dollar raised goes towards programs for our kids and community. 

Timeline of the cooking school

History & Timeline
Food Literacy Center Cooking School Project

This ambitious and first-of-its-kind project is in partnership with the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD), the City of Sacramento, HMC Architects, and The Mill at Broadway, which neighbors the school campus. We are excited that it is finally coming to life!

Construction Site

Construction Update
April 2021

Six years ago, we signed up to lead a project that will transform a vacant lot near public housing and one of the elementary schools we serve. The vision: improve the health of children by transforming the school district to prioritize food literacy education in our children’s school day alongside math and reading. Years of collaboration between Food Literacy Center, SCUSD, and the City of Sacramento has resulted in construction of a 4,500 sq ft cooking school and student gardens that bring this vision to life! 

Watch our founder, and the visionary behind this concept, Amber Stott, as she shares a quick update on the construction progress at Leataata Floyd Elementary School. We are on track to open this fall. The classroom will host 30-40 students for hands-on cooking classes. The commercial kitchen will support prep for afterschool programs at other Title 1 schools. Our team offices, also on site, will provide training space and a recipe test kitchen. In addition, we’ll have a 1-acre healing garden and student farm to provide a safe nature space for our students.

We broke ground on this one-of-a-kind project in September 2019. Construction is moving fast on the building. After the building is complete solar panels will be installed followed by inspections. 

Click on the photos below to see the progress!

Kids with radicchio

Cooking School FAQ

We are excited for the future Floyd Farm’s cooking school, which will also serve as Food Literacy Center’s headquarters. We look forward to providing meaningful programs that invite the Leataata Floyd community to share this resource. If you have any questions about the project or Food Literacy Center, please reach out to

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