Our mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. We teach
children in low-income elementary schools cooking, nutrition,
gardening, and active play to improve our health, environment,
Why Food Literacy is Needed
In Sacramento, 40% of children suffer from childhood obesity or
are overweight. This directly increases their risk for Type 2
diabetes. These diet-related diseases are preventable if we eat
our vegetables. Yet only 4% of kids are eating the recommended
amount of fruits and veggies.
We work in low-income schools where students are at highest risk
for diet-related diseases. Most of them are food and nutrition
How We Help Kids
We serve Title 1 schools in the Sacramento City Unified School
District, focusing on South Sacramento. We inspire kids to eat
their vegetables through hands-on cooking and nutrition classes.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we also offer free online
learning resources, and distribute take-home veggie recipe
kits to food and nutrition insecure students and their
families We are bringing joy and a trauma-informed food
literacy teaching approach to promote resilience, giving our kids
a healthier future!
Food Literacy Education
We provide weekly 45-minute food literacy classes delivered over
14 weeks in nine low-income elementary schools. In our
classrooms, students learn fruit and vegetable appreciation, how
to read a recipe, cooking skills – and they have fun. We are
unique in that we use positive reinforcement, getting kids
excited about fruits and vegetables through culturally
appropriate recipes, and hands-on activities.
After receiving food literacy education
96% of kids say healthy snacks taste good (attitude change)
96% know how to read an easy recipe (knowledge)
85% of students fearlessly tasted a new fruit or vegetable
each week through our Produce of the Day tasting (behavior)
We are changing kids’ attitude, knowledge and behavior
toward healthy eating.
Food Literacy Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Donations to Food Literacy Center are tax deductible to the
extent allowed by law. Federal tax ID #45-3973268.
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