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Girl juicing citrus

Plum pleased. Tickled pink potatoes. Grape-ful! 

In a difficult year, Food Literacy Center cannot thank you enough! Our kids count on us, and we have been able to count on you. We are weathering this crisis together. 

Your generosity has enabled us to: 

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Bank of America Grant Announcement

Bank of America Grant Announcement
Founder Surprised on Studio40 LIVE

This year is full of surprises–and this time, we have happy news to share. We have been selected as a Neighborhood Builder by Bank of America! This prestigious award couldn’t come at a better time. In a difficult year when our donors from hard-hit industries like restaurants were unable to continue their funding, this award will help cover that gap. 

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Brussels Sprout & Pear Salad

Recipe Round Up for the Holidays

Looking for a new recipe this holiday season? We’ve rounded up our favorite fall and winter dishes featuring the best farmers market produce available right now. The recipes below have video tutorials so you can follow along. Our recipes are written for kids to make, so get your family together and let’s get cooking!

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Pumpkins

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

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Give Our Kids a Healthier Future
Become a sustaining monthly donor today.

Our community is in a crisis. Rates of food and nutrition insecurity are rising. At Food Literacy Center, we combine immediate food assistance with resilience skill-building, and we haven’t let the crisis stop us. We’re distributing Veggie STEM Boxes that include healthy recipe ingredients for 4 that students can cook at home with our STEM-based curriculum. 

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli

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Scallion pancake

Virtual Scallion Pancake Class Fundraiser
Learn to make scallion pancakes from scratch with Lisa Lin

A recording of this online class is now available for $15. Buy now!

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Mushroom sushi

Veggie of the Year Chef Recipes

During Food Literacy Month local chefs developed recipes to highlight the five veggie contenders! We’re sharing their delicious creations so you can make them with your kids at home.

Chef Rick MahanBaked Broccoli Gratin
Rick Mahan, Executive Chef/Owner, OneSpeed Pizza & The Waterboy

Broccoli is the official Veggie of the Year chosen by our kids! 

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Avocado Fresco Bowl

A Delicious New Program & Call to Action
Healthy Eating on Franklin Blvd

We work hard to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. But what happens when kids aren’t with Food Literacy Center? Is healthy food available in their neighborhoods? 

We’ve teamed up with high school students and business owners for a pilot project in the Franklin Boulevard neighborhood to address this concern. We’re partnering with La Familia Counseling Center and Franklin Boulevard Business District with funding provided by Dignity Health.

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Stuffed bell pepper

Caribbean Stuffed Pepper

Press release
Kids cooking

That PSA Show
I Heart Radio

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Seasonal Fruit Salad

Seasonal Fruit Salad

Recipe Food Literacy Center

Shishito Pepper Spicy Snack

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Veggie of the Year 2020
Veggie winners during Food Literacy Month

We are overwhelmed by your support during Food Literacy Month! We exceeded our goal raising $31,877 to provide 1,275 Veggie Recipe Kits to our kids. We’ll continue to distribute healthy meal kits at two schools per week, and thanks to you, we’re increasing the number of kits we can provide at each school! THANK YOU!

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Stone Fruit & Tomato Salad

Stone Fruit & Tomato Salad

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Program Discussion
How we've shifted programs during COVID-19

Educators, teachers, program managers – watch our discussion about how we have addressed the needs of our kids and families during the pandemic through distance learning, take-home recipe kits, and partnerships. 

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Spiced Corn & Plum Prana Salad

Spiced Corn & Plum Prana Salad

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Kids with broccoli

Let’s Share Joy! It Builds Resilience.
Letter from the CEO

At Food Literacy Center, we have a reputation for spreading joy. We do this with great intention. Research shows that joy builds resilience. 

This Food Literacy Month, we invite you to share in our joy! Times are hard for everyone right now, and we could all use a little joy. Joy is actually good for your health!–almost as good as broccoli! 

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Veggie of Year Salad

Veggie of the Year Rice Salad

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Summer Polenta

Summer Polenta

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomato Sauce

Press release
Kid with Broccoli

Food Literacy Center Celebrates 8th Annual Food Literacy Month
Presented by Dignity Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (September 1, 2020) – This September, Sacramento’s Food Literacy Center is celebrating the statewide 8th annual Food Literacy Month, presented by Dignity Health. Since 2012, when Food Literacy Center worked with California legislators to pass the statewide resolution, the nonprofit has worked to share Food Literacy Month with area elementary schools, empowering children to eat their vegetables and improve their health. 

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Veggie of the Year chefs

Vote for the Veggie of the Year Chef Champion
In celebration of Food Literacy Month

During Food Literacy Month, our kids will try each veggie and vote for their favorite. Local chef’s will also develop and share their favorite recipe on a Facebook live cooking demo. See the line up, watch the demos and vote for your favorite chef below!

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Team Broccoli - Chef Rick Mahan0.8%
Team Collard Green - Chef Nina Curtis57.8%
Team Bok Choy - Chef Ravin Patel0.3%
Team Mushroom - Chef Billy Ngo0.2%
Team Avocado - Chef Brien Kuzniki40.9%
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Veggie of the Year

Food Literati Fundraising Teams 2020
Vote with your dollars and help kids!

September is Food Literacy Month and we are celebrating by raising awareness and funds to empower kids to make healthy choices! We are joined by an incredible line-up of Food Literati Leaders and sponsors that are fundraising in September. 

Follow the links for each team below to contribute to their fundraising campaign. 

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Food Literacy Month 2020
Presented by Dignity Health

September is Food Literacy Month

In 2012, Food Literacy Center worked with the California legislature to declare September as Food Literacy Month to raise awareness about the need for cooking and nutrition education for kids. Donate now!

Recipe Food Literacy Center

Korean BBQ Veggie Kebabs

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Veggie Contenders

Voting for 2020 Veggie Contenders
Cast Your Vote for Veggie of the Year Competitors

September is Food Literacy Month and Veggie of the Year is back! Local chefs will be competing for the ultimate veggie crown and you can help us narrow down the vegetable contenders to 5 finalists.

Unfortunately, you cannot participate in this poll, because your browser is not enabled for Javascript and/or cookies.
Recipe Food Literacy Center
Asian Slaw

Asian Slaw

Press release
Veggie Recipe Kit distribution

The Public File
Entercom Sacramento

Once again, our Founder & CEO, Amber Stott, joins Kat Maudru on “The Public File” to talk about our mission, solutions in action during the COVID-19 crisis, future cooking school, and what you can do to help our kids.

The Public File August Interview

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Cucumber Dill Salad

Cucumber Dill Salad

Press release
Staff packing veggie boxes

Food Literacy Center Brings Veggie Education to Families Throughout the Summer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sacramento, Calif. – (July 29, 2020) – Programming from Food Literacy Center doesn’t stop when the final school bell rings. All summer long, Food Literacy Center is bringing Sacramento-area kids and families alike educational activities, veggie recipe kits, and more to continue the lettuce learning throughout the summer months.

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Elote Salad

Elote Salad

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Veggie Recipe Kit distribution

COVID has Changed Us
Letter from the CEO

2020 has challenged us all. COVID has closed schools. For me, it has renewed the reasons I started Food Literacy Center in the first place. I began this work because our existing food system does not benefit everyone equally. It causes real harm and disease to the most vulnerable. I have always believed that we can change that. I know that’s why you’re here, too. Our work is more critical than ever.

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Zucchini Noodle Salad

Zucchini Noodle Salad

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Veggie Recipe Kit Distributions
Sponsored by Whole Foods Market

Since schools shut down due to COVID-19, we have been providing our curriculum and cooking lessons online and distributing at-home cooking kits for our former afterschool students. This summer, we continue to provide Veggie Recipe Kits to students at the schools we serve so they can cook a healthy meal for their family and practice their food literacy skills at home. These students are food and nutrition insecure.

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Carrot Top Pesto

Carrot Top Pesto

 

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Text: Resources for Teaching Kids About Race

Resources for Teaching Kids About Race

Now, more than ever, it is vital that we teach our children about embracing racial diversity. To create a lasting anti-racist shift in our society, we must plant seeds of empathy and inclusivity early and often. If you’re not sure how to have these important conversations with your children, here are some helpful resources to get you started today.

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Black Lives Matter
Letter from the CEO

When we commit to protecting kids’ health with vegetables, we also stand up for their lives. Black lives matter. We stand with our Black community members to call out injustice and to take action. Food literacy is food justice. 

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Kids Spring Farmers Market

Kids Spring Farmers Market
Students set up to practice food literacy at drive-through event.

Our Kids Spring Farmers Market looked a little different this year, but the goal was the same–set up our students to practice food literacy at home. Our kids went home with an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to Nugget Markets.

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Cactus and Corn Salsa

Cactus and Corn Salsa

Press release
Volunteers hand out tomato plants

The Public File
Entercom Sacramento

Kat Maudru interviews our Founder & CEO, Amber Stott, about Food Literacy Center’s new programs and our response to COVID-19.

The Public File Interview

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Reflecting on Our Food Movement
10 Years of Collaboration

Nearly a decade ago, a small movement started in Sacramento. People with a fire in their bellies started joining forces to fix a broken food system.

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A Big THANK YOU!
$33,333 raised on Big Day of Giving

Our community has spoken. Through your generous donations yesterday on Big Day of Giving, you helped us raise $33,333 to support students facing food and nutrition insecurity. Your gifts speak to the priorities of our community. Thank you for putting our kids’ health at the top of your list.

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Our kids still need us, and we still need YOU
on Big Day of Giving

We’re in a crisis. Rates of food and nutrition insecurity are rising. At Food Literacy Center, we combine immediate food assistance with resilience skill-building. We haven’t let the crisis stop us. Support our kids on Big Day of Giving.

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Kids Cooking Tools

That PSA Show
I Heart Radio

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Kids with broccoli

Veggie STEM Box Distributions Begin
Letter from our CEO

We miss our kids! We have remained focused on reaching them since schools closed due to COVID-19. This week, in partnership with SCUSD Nutrition Services Department, we begin a Veggie STEM Box distribution targeting the elementary students in our former afterschool programs. These students are food and nutrition insecure. 

Over the years, these kids have fallen in love with veggies, and we want to ensure they continue to have access to both our STEM-based curriculum, and the fresh produce needed to make our healthy recipes. 

Recipe Food Literacy Center

Veggie Fresh Rolls with Dipping Sauces

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FEAST Curriculum
Garden & Health Lessons

In 2015, Food Literacy Center and its community partners formed a collaborative project called FEAST, or Food Education and School Transformation, to inspire students at Sacramento’s low-income elementary schools to eat fresh and locally-sourced fruits and veggies. We collaborate with Health Education Council and Soil Born Farms to create family health-centered programs to fill a gap in the school district. Together, our programs teach cooking skills, nutrition, gardening, and fitness to students and their parents. FEAST improves family health by inviting kids to inspire their parents.

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Lesson 12
Rainbow Soup

Students learn to advocate for cooking & eating fruits and vegetables at home.

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Detailed Rainbow Soup Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 12 - Supply List

Lesson 12 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 12 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 12 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!

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Veggie Fresh Rolls

Lesson 11
Veggie Fresh Rolls

Students will understand which fruits and vegetables grow in Sacramento during the four seasons. They will learn that eating local and in season tastes better and can cost less.

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Detailed Veggie Fresh Roll Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 11 - Supply List

Lesson 11 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 11- Lesson Plan

Lesson 11 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Broccoli potato taco

Broccoli & Potato Tacos

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Lesson 10
Broccoli & Potato Taco

Students will learn to stretch food dollars and throw away less food by making a recipe that uses the whole vegetable. The Broccoli & Potato Taco recipe was developed with students to promote the SCUSD School Wellness Policy. 

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Detailed Broccoli & Potato Taco Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 10 - Supply List

Lesson 10 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 10 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 10 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!

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Lesson 9
Plant Parts Salad

Students will learn the difference between fruits and vegetables. Then, they identify the 6 parts of a plant.

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Detailed Plant Parts Salad Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 9 - Supply List

Lesson 9 - Printable Recipe: Plant Parts Salad

Lesson 9 - Printable Recipe: Honey Soy Dressing

Lesson 9 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 9 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!

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Staying Healthy in Times of Crisis
Letter from our CEO

Reaching Our Kids 
As we build our STEM-based classroom lessons into online distance learning tools, our commitment to our students remains firm. Our goal is to reach the children we have been serving for a decade–and if you’re in Iowa or San Diego, you can now join, too! 

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Dried beans

Skill Set 3
Dried Beans

Students will learn to cook a staple pantry ingredient from scratch: dried beans.

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Detailed Dried Beans Recipe

Video of the skill set: Facebook or YouTube

Skill Set 3 - Supply List

Skill Set 3 - Printable Recipe

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Kids kitchen tools

Skill Set 2
Kids Cooking Tools

There are so many tools kids can use safely in the kitchen. Below is a list of some of our favorites.

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Video of the skill set: Facebook or YouTube

Skill Set 2 - Kids Kitchen Tools

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Veggie tostada

Lesson 8
Veggie Tostada

Kids will learn that buying ingredients to make meals at home can be less expensive and healthier than eating out. When you cook for yourself, you know what is in your food and have more control over what goes in it. 

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Detailed Vegetable Tostada Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 8 - Supply List

Lesson 8 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 8 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 8 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!

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In Praise of Health Prevention
Letter from our CEO

People around the world are hypervigilant about preventing the spread of COVID-19. It’s important work, though it is not a mindset to which we’re accustomed. In America, we spend the majority of our healthcare budget on treating problems once they happen. 

Right now, we are focused on the opposite end of the healthcare spectrum: keeping people healthy before they get sick in the first place. We may never know how important our stay-at-home contributions were to the overall health of our community, because it will be measured by what did NOT happen.

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Noodle Soup ingredients

Lesson 7
Noodle Soup

Students will learn how salt works in their bodies, how much we should eat, and learn how to find the amount of salt in foods. 

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Detailed Noodle Soup Recipe

Video of the recipe: Facebook or YouTube
Video of the activity: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 7 - Supply List

Lesson 7 - Printable Recipe: Noodle Soup

Lesson 7 - Printable Recipe: Pho Soup Spice Packet

Lesson 7 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 7 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!

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Guacamole

Lesson 6
Guacamole

Kids will understand that our bodies need fat and that it is used for storing energy for later. Kids will be able to recognize which foods contain fats that are good for our bodies and fats that we should limit in our diets.

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Detailed Guacamole Recipe

Video of the recipe: Facebook or YouTube
Video of the activity: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 6 - Supply List

Lesson 6 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 6 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 6 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!  

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How to Help: School Meals, Restaurants & More
Letter from the CEO

In these uncertain times and with things changing so fast, I find stability in helping those in need and acting quickly. Here are some ways you can help, and some thoughts on pressing issues. 

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Ranch Popcorn

Ranch Popcorn Seasoning

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Oatmeal with fresh fruit

Lesson 5
Oatmeal

Students will learn how sugar works in their bodies, and learn how to find the amount of sugar in foods. 

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Detailed Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 5 - Supply List

Lesson 5 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 5 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 5 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!  

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Ranch Popcorn

Lesson 4
Ranch Popcorn

Students will understand what grains are and what foods contain whole grains.

Our bodies need fiber every day. It keeps our bodies clean, and it helps us feel full. If we eat a fruit or vegetable with every snack and meal, we will eat fiber. There are other kinds of fiber that our bodies like, too. It comes from whole grains.

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Detailed Ranch Popcorn Seasoning Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 4 - Supply List

Lesson 4 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 4 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 4 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!  

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Eating Tres Hermanas Tacos

Tres Hermanas Tacos

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We’re Here to Help
Letter from the CEO

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.’ You will always find people who are helping.” ~ Mr. Rogers. 

Today, we face a grave public health crisis with COVID-19. Our response: With children at home, we swiftly launched our first online food literacy lesson within 3 days of school closures. We will roll out two lessons every week, complete with video classes. Anyone can follow along at home. They are available for FREE

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Lesson 3
Spaghetti Marinara

Students will understand how fiber works in their bodies and give examples of foods that contain fiber. They will be introduced to the nutritional facts table and find fiber. 

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Detailed Spaghetti Marinara Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 3 - Supply List

Lesson 3 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 3 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 3 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!  

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Eating Tres Hermanas

Lesson 2
Tres Hermanas Tacos

Students will explore their food culture and learn about others’. Students will reflect on their own eating habits and culture. 

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Detailed Tres Hermanas Taco Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 2 - Supply List

Lesson 2 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 2 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 2 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!  

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Kids cutting veggies

Skill Set 1
Introduction to Knife Skills

Students will learn safe knife handling skills to cook with fruits and vegetables. You can follow along with this lesson by watching our knife skills video.

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Video of the skill set: Facebook or YouTube

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Sunbutter sandwich

Lesson 1
Sunflower Seed Butter & Seasonal Fruit Sandwich

Students will be able to assemble a healthy meal/snack by following a recipe, and be able to share ideas about how to add a fruit or veggie to every snack or meal. Kids will learn and practice safe knife skills.

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Detailed Sunflower Seed Butter & Seasonal Fruit Sandwich Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 1 - Supply List

Lesson 1 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 1 - Lesson Plan

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!  

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Letter from our CEO
Online Curriculum Videos Available

Schools have closed due to COVID-19. In the face of uncertainty, I want to assure you that Food Literacy Center is here to help! We are committed to serving our students and our community. As a nonprofit focused on preventative health, we have skills and tools to share to help us get through this together. We’re rolling up our sleeves to release resources that, until now, have only been available to our instructors. We want you to have them, too–and we will be providing them for free. 

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Oatmeal With Fresh Fruit

Oatmeal With Fresh Fruit

Press release
Kids cutting veggies

Food Literacy Center Awarded Grants from Five Local Organizations
Dignity Health, The Rite Aid Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, The Anthony Cerami Ann Dunne Foundation for World Health, and UC Davis Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Food Literacy Center is honored to be chosen as the recipient of grant funding from Dignity Health, The Rite Aid Foundation KidCents program, Sierra Health Foundation, The Anthony Cerami Ann Dunne Foundation for World Health, and UC Davis Health. Since 2011, Food Literacy Center has committed to making a difference in the Sacramento community through food literacy education.

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Spaghetti Marinara

Spaghetti Marinara

Press release
Amber Stott

That PSA Show
I Heart Radio

Press release
Amber with kids

Building a Better Sacramento with Food Literacy
KFBK with Bethany Crouch

Chief Food Genius, Amber Stott chats with Bethany Crouch and explains how Food Literacy Center is helping to build a better Sacramento.

KFBK Interview

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Hap-pea Holidays – Viri’s Story
By Amber Stott, Chief Food Genius

I stopped by our food literacy class last week to ask the students what they think of our program. I can’t wait to share Viri’s story with you! It will fill you with holiday cheer. 

Viri is in second grade. Her parents operate a taco truck in South Sacramento, and they try to teach Viri to eat healthy. Her mom is glad that Viri is hearing the same messages about healthy eating once a week in the free cooking and nutrition class offered at her school through Food Literacy Center.

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Holiday farmers market

Kids Holiday Farmers Market
140 students go home with 1,288 pounds of fresh produce

This week Food Literacy Center hosted the Kids Holiday Farmers Market sponsored by Nugget Markets. We sent 140 students home over winter break with 1,288 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables so they can continue practicing the healthy habits they learn in food literacy class.

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Follow a Food Adventurer
See what a typical day will be for a student at the new Food Literacy Center

Rates of diet-related disease are high, reflecting the 40% of students in Sacramento who are obese or overweight, and 1 in 3 living with type 2 diabetes. Studies show that developing healthy habits early can help prevent these diet-related diseases. Our free cooking and nutrition program empowers kids to improve their diets with healthy food. 

We invite you to follow Aubrey, a food adventurer in our food literacy program, as we share what her day looks like. 

Press release
Holiday farmers market

Kids Holiday Farmers Market hosted by Food Literacy Center
Students Practice Food Literacy Over Winter Break

Sacramento, CA – The Kids Holiday Farmers Market, hosted by Food Literacy Center, will take place on Monday, December 16 at 2:30 p.m. at an elementary school in Sacramento City Unified School District. The Holiday Farmers Market, in partnership with Nugget Markets, Kaiser Permanente, and LIBERTY Dental Plan will offer Food Literacy Center students the chance to take home an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables for the winter break.

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Follow a Food Adventurer on #GivingTuesday
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

It’s Giving Tuesday! We have Black Friday, Cyber Monday… and now Giving Tuesday: a day to focus on giving back.

Help us fund 16 kids before midnight. Please give.

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Food Adventurer

Fund a Food Adventurer
241 Kids Need Your Support by December 31

Food Literacy Center is committed to bringing 14 weeks of free food literacy class to 8 schools during the 2019-20 school year.

Help us fund the remaining 241 students by December 31!

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Pomegranates—A Labor of Love & Health
By Matthew J. Blackburn, Food Genius

Despite the abundance of articles and posts claiming there is an easy way to liberate pomegranate seeds from their pith (aka fake news), it is still a labor-intensive task. Do not let that deter you from enjoying the sweet “seed-apple” gems. With a little practice, you will master the process and reap the health-intensive benefits and delectable flavor of the pomegranate.

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What our Cooking School Means for the Community
Message from CEO, Amber Stott

Amber Stott is the Founder and CEO of Food Literacy Center.

Last year, a teacher at Leataata Floyd Elementary asked the students why they like their food literacy class. Several students said they like trying new foods. Others said they love cooking their own food. One student said, “They never give up on us.” 

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New Cooking School – Video

New Cooking School – Video

School is getting healthier for Sacramento kids! Food Literacy Center shares plans for our new cooking school, which broke ground yesterday. Check out drone footage of the future site, architectural drawings, and hear about our founder & CEO’s vision.

Support our FREE food literacy classes by donating today.

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Groundbreaking - photo by Adam Gottlieb

Path to Breaking Ground at Floyd Farms
Message from Board President, Stacey Kauffman

Stacey Kauffman is the Board President for Food Literacy Center, and Senior Vice President at Radio.com.

Thank you for supporting Food Literacy Center on its path to a new cooking school at the Leataata Floyd Elementary School campus. This ambitious, first-of-its-kind project brings together a unique set of partners in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. Let me provide some history of how this all began over eight years ago. 

Press release
Rendering of Future Cooking School

Groundbreaking for Floyd Farms
Food Literacy Center Breaks Ground on Future Cooking School to Provide Free Healthy Cooking Programs

SACRAMENTO, CA. (September 18, 2019) – Food Literacy Center is pleased to announce the official groundbreaking of the Food Literacy Center’s future cooking school at Floyd Farms. Floyd Farms at Leataata Floyd Elementary will be home to a city-run community garden, Food Literacy Center’s cooking school and student gardens managed by the nonprofit’s program staff. The project will serve the 330 elementary school students enrolled at Leataata Floyd Elementary and their families, students throughout the Sacramento City Unified School District, and community members.

Press release
Amber Stott

Pioneering Food Literacy with Amber Stott
America's Farm-to-Fork Capital Podcast

Chief Food Genius, Amber Stott sits down with America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital podcast host, Brandon Darnell to talk about the need for food literacy in our community.

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Veggie of the Year

Food Literati Fundraising Teams
Vote with your dollars and help kids!

September is Food Literacy Month and we are celebrating by raising awareness and funds to empower kids to make healthy choices! We are joined by an incredible line-up of Food Literati Leaders and sponsors that are fundraising in September to fund free food literacy classes for 161 elementary students. 

Follow the links for either each team or individual below to contribute to their personal fundraising campaign. 

Press release
Girl eating the recipe she made

Food Literacy Center Celebrates 7th Annual Food Literacy Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SACRAMENTO, CA. (September 3, 2019) – This September, Sacramento’s Food Literacy Center is celebrating their 7th annual Food Literacy Month. Since 2012, Food Literacy Center has worked to share Food Literacy Month with Sacramento elementary schools, empowering children to eat their vegetables and improve their health.

Press release
Kids chopping veggies

Food Literacy Center Awarded Grants from The California Endowment, Sierra Health Foundation, and Others
Continuing to Educate Underserved Youth in Sacramento Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Food Literacy Center is honored to be chosen as the recipient of grant funding from The California Endowment, Sierra Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Rabobank, N.A., TEGNA Foundation, and the Safeway Foundation. Since 2011, Food Literacy Center has committed to making a difference in the Sacramento community through food literacy education.

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Veggie of the Year Voting

Voting for 2019 Veggie Contenders
Cast Your Vote for Veggie of the Year Competitors

September is Food Literacy Month and Veggie of the Year is back! Local chefs will be competing for the ultimate veggie crown and you can help us narrow down the vegetable contenders.

Unfortunately, you cannot participate in this poll, because your browser is not enabled for Javascript and/or cookies.
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Rendering of Food Literacy Center

Future Cooking School

Our new center is coming soon! 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.

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Kids at farmers market

Kids Spring Farmers Market
Students set up to practice food literacy at home.

As part of our 14-week curriculum, Food Literacy Center merged tasting education with advocacy training at our Kids Spring Farmers Market on May 24. Students “shopped” using fake money for the veggies they wanted to take home. They selected from an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables with support from The California Endowment, The Rite Aid Foundation KidCents program, and Rabobank.

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Give Kids a Healthier Future
on Big Day of Giving

Food literacy is… teaching. We inspire kids to eat healthy–and we make it easy.  

“I like junk food. But I want to be healthy. I wish it was easier to be healthy. I want to learn how to be healthy.” – 4th grader

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Sacramento Food Film Festival logo

8th Annual Sacramento Food Film Festival
Premier event highlights women in the food industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Food Literacy Center is excited to announce the 8th Annual Sacramento Food Film Festival, a week-long event that showcases culinary creativity in combination with award-winning films in unique locations in Sacramento. The Sacramento Food Film Festival will take place April 10-16 and includes three events benefitting Food Literacy Center.

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Student holding veggies

Food Literacy Center Awarded Grants from Dignity Health, Raley’s, The Rite Aid Foundation and UC Davis Health
Continuing to Educate Underserved Youth in Sacramento Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Food Literacy Center is honored to be chosen as the recipient of grant funding from Dignity Health, Raley’s Extra Credit, The Rite Aid Foundation KidsCents program and UC Davis Health. Since 2011, Food Literacy Center has committed to making a difference in the Sacramento community through food literacy education.

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Innovations to Feed More with Less

Innovations to Feed More with Less
Hosted by UC Davis Library & Robert Mondavi Institute

Food Literacy Center was mentioned in the From Farm to Table and Back Again: Innovations to Feed More with Less, featuring Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and UC Davis Professor of Food Science and Technology Ned Spang.

Watch the recording.

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Yu Sheng salad

Celebrating Yu Sheng at Food Literacy Center
Singaporean Chinese New Year Salad

When Food Literacy Center started, volunteer Heather Teoh helped Food Literacy Center as our first communications intern. She helped teach school classes, develop recipes, and more. One of Heather’s signature recipes and traditions she introduced was a Singaporean dish, Chinese New Year Yu Sheng Salad. It’s a celebratory meal that brings good luck to those who eat it.

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Slicing oranges

Food Adventurer Challenge
"Chopped"-style challenge with our students

I was lucky enough to teach a group of kindergarten students at John Cabrillo Elementary this semester, and was so excited to see how far they’d come by the end of our 14 weeks together. - Honeydew Hannah

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Isabel Matick

Volunteer Profile: Isabel

Being a small nonprofit, we depend on our dedicated volunteers!  Classroom volunteers help our Food Geniuses deliver top-quality food literacy classes in 8 elementary schools every week. Special event volunteers help us host fundraisers like the Sacramento Food Film Festival.

Want to know more and why they love to help the kids? We are profiling a few volunteers to share their stories.

Join the fun by becoming a volunteer today.

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Falling in Love with Healthy Food

Falling in Love with Healthy Food

Our students fall in love with healthy food! We provide 14 weeks of free food literacy classes for at-risk elementary students at low-income school in Sacramento. Donate today.

Supported by Mariani Nut Company. Produced by Thomas Ferrous.

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Kids with onions

Hap-pea New Year!
Celebrating 2018 accomplishments.

Last month, the USDA rolled back healthy school lunch regulations, making it easier for junk food to reach our kids. We’re responding by doubling our efforts to keep local schools healthy for our kids.

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Scott Moak, Big Al Sams, Amber Stott

Studio40 Live with Amber Stott
Hosts Scott Moak & Big Al Sams

Thanks to Studio40 Live for featuring Food Literacy Center during the holidays! Chief food genius and founding executive director Amber Stott chatted with Scott Moak & Big Al Sams about our mission and how you can help.

Watch the Studio40 Live Interview

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Elise Bauer, Amber K. Stott & student

The Public File – Interview with Amber Stott
Host Kat Madru

Kat Madru interviewed Founding Executive Director Amber K. Stott and talked about Food Literacy Center. Listen in below to find out how food literacy works through prevention, empowerment, and education and how you can help! 

Public File with Amber K. Stott

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Giving Tuesday, smiling girl

3 Reasons to Fund 16 Kids on #GivingTuesday
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

It’s Giving Tuesday! We have Black Friday, Cyber Monday… and now Giving Tuesday: a day to focus on giving back.

3 reasons our program works. Help us fund 16 kids before midnight. Please give.

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Fund a Future Health Hero
13 Kids Need Your Support by December 31

Food Literacy Center is committed to bringing 14 weeks of free food literacy class to 16 schools during the 2018-19 school year.

Help us fund the remaining 13 students by December 31!

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Amber K. Stott

The Public File – Interview with Amber Stott
Host Doug Thomas

Founding Executive Director Amber K. Stott spent some time with Doug Thomas to talk about Food Literacy Center. Listen in below to find out why food literacy is vital for low-income kids and what you can do to help. 

The Public File with Amber K. Stott

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Kids eating bell peppers

Food Literati Fundraising Teams
Help us help kids

September is Food Literacy Month and we are celebrating by raising awareness and funds to empower kids to make healthy choices! We are joined by an incredible line-up of Food Literati Leaders and sponsors that are fundraising in September to fund free food literacy classes in two schools. 

Follow the links for either each team or individual below to contribute to their personal fundraising campaign. 

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It's Food Literacy Month!

September is Food Literacy Month
September 1-30, 2018

Support Our Mission to Inspire Kids to Eat Veggies

In 2012, Food Literacy Center worked with the California legislature to declare September as Food Literacy Month to raise awareness about the need for cooking and nutrition education for kids. 

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Veggie of the Year - Wildcard Voting

2018 Veggie of the Year – Wildcard Voting
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Amber K. Stott

Local Dirt – Interview with Amber Stott
KDVS Davis

Founding Executive Director Amber K. Stott sat down with Local Dirt co-host Matthew Bridges to chat about Food Literacy Center, why it’s important and what you can do to help. Listen to the interview below.

KDVS Interview with Amber Stott

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Adrienne Sellers

Q&A with Adrienne, AmeriCorps Member
August 8, 2018

Adrienne Sellers is an AmeriCorps member serving with Food Literacy Center’s second cohort of Food Literacy Corps. She joined the Food Literacy Center team as a Food Literacy Corps member in September 2017 and will complete her term in August 2018. Adrienne is responsible for teaching food literacy curriculum to low-income students at David Reese Elementary School, Oak Ridge Elementary School, St. Hope PS7 Elementary, and Leataata Floyd Elementary School. She is the lead contact person at Leataata Floyd, where she keeps an open line of communication with her team and the after-school staff, and informs volunteers of their duties and the daily lessons.

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Mai Err Chang

Mai Err’s AmeriCorps Story
July 20, 2018

I live in South Sacramento. I am familiar with the challenges folks face in this community. But after 5 years at UC Santa Cruz, I came back to my hometown not knowing what was happening. While looking for a job, I told myself I must find an organization that will re-introduce me to my own community. What are the needs? Where are the resources? It was then that I stumbled upon the Food Literacy Center.

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Rick Mahan with a Food Literacy Center kid

Rick Mahan

Food Literacy Center is extremely fortunate to have the ardent support of one of Sacramento’s premier chefs, Rick Mahan, chef/owner of restaurants OneSpeed and The Waterboy. Over the years, Rick and his chefs have participated in many Food Literacy Center events, including this year’s Broccoli HQ Night during the Sacramento Food Film Festival, and his restaurants were one of our first donate to help us expand our program to more schools. Food Literacy Center is peach proud to present an invisible cape to our latest superhero Rick Mahan!

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Katsura Omori & Amber Stott

Katsura Omori Visits Food Literacy Center
June 25, 2018

We were honored to host a lunch for Katsura Omori, Professor and Researcher of Nutrition Education & Health Education at Yamagata University in Japan! She has been tasked with building a Center for Food Literacy at the university to help better educate middle school children in health and nutrition.

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Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Food Literacy Staff & Board Member Nicole Rogers

Food Literacy Center Named California Nonprofit of the Year!

We at Food Literacy Center are so honored and grateful to be named one of California’s Nonprofits of the Year. Thank you to Assemblymember McCarty for nominating us for this award.

Food Literacy Center works year-round to inspire kids to eat their veggies by teaching low-income students about cooking and nutrition. Food Literacy Center students learn how to improve their health, the environment and the economy through healthy eating and food literacy.

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Food Geniuses: From 1 to 101…Highlights from Food Literacy Academy

This week, we celery-brate 101 certified Food Geniuses completing our Food Literacy Academy – an intensive training that prepares community members with the skills needed to teach food literacy to our kids.

Recipe Erin Alderson of Naturally Ella & Grove Haus Studio
Ginger Rhubarb Compote

Ginger Rhubarb Compote

Food Literacy Hero
Ashley Brand and Liza Kirkland

Ashley Brand and Liza Kirkland

Food Wiki

Rutabaga

Rutabagas, a root vegetable, are thought to be a cross between a cabbage and turnip and have originated in Europe in the 17th century. They are also called Swedes, Russian turnip, Swedish turnip, Canadian turnip, yellow turnip and winter turnip.

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Loquat

Loquat

Food Wiki

Vitamin K

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Grapefruit

Grapefruit

The grapefruit was discovered in Barbados in the 18th century and planted in Florida in the early 19th century. Today, Florida, California, Arizona, and Texas are major producers of commercial grapefruit.

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Let’s give Alexis a Happy Holiday.

Let’s give Alexis a Happy Holiday.

With your help, our kids are going home with bags of produce this holiday so they can continue practicing the healthy habits they’ve learned in food literacy class. 

Without these donations, they would return to low-income households without enough healthy food to eat.

Your generosity creates healthy kids who feel good.

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AmeriCorps Food Geniuses

Recipe Erin Alderson of Naturally Ella
Photo Courtesy: Erin Alderson

Celery Kohlrabi Salad

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Chef Rick Mahan of The Waterboy & OneSpeed on Food Literacy

Chef Rick Mahan of The Waterboy & OneSpeed on Food Literacy

Chef Rick Mahan of The Waterboy & OneSpeed feels good when he supports Food Literacy Center because… 

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Visit Sacramento on Food Literacy

Visit Sacramento on Food Literacy

Visit Sacramento feels good when they support Food Literacy Center because… 

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Raley’s on Food Literacy

Raley’s on Food Literacy

Raley’s feels good when they support Food Literacy Center because… 

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Whole Foods Market on Food Literacy

Whole Foods Market on Food Literacy

Whole Foods Market feels good when they support Food Literacy Center because… 

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Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on Food Literacy

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on Food Literacy

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg feels good when he supports Food Literacy Center because… 

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CDFA Secretary Karen Ross on Food Literacy

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross on Food Literacy

Secretary of the California Department of Food & Agriculture, Karen Ross, feels good when she supports Food Literacy Center because…

Article Erika Nunley

5 Easy Ways to Feel Good This Holiday Season

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

Giving during the holidays is a tradition that feels good for everyone! According to recent studies, when you give to an organization like Food Literacy Center, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up as if you were the recipient of the good deed - you feel happier, healthier, and more connected to others!

Because we know you feel good when you support Food Literacy Center, we’ve provided Five ways to support our mission this holiday season! 

Recipe Sabrina Modeste of The Tomato Tart
Spicy Roasted Carrot "Hummus" Veggie Dip

Spicy Roasted Carrot “Hummus” Veggie Dip

Recipe Bella Karragiannidis of Ful-filled
Roasted Red Pepper Sweet Potato Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Sweet Potato Soup
with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Food Literacy Hero
Food Literacy Hero - Diane Flores

Diana Flores
Food Literacy Hero

Recipe Erin Alderson of Naturally Ella
Cherry Tomato Barley Salad

Cherry Tomato Barley Salad

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2017 Veggie of the Year!
dragonfruit drum roll, please.....

Last week, local elementary students in food literacy class tasted and voted on the 2017 Veggie of the Year.

The fifth annual Veggie of the Year Competition began on September 13 when the public voted for their favorites.

Last week, the top five semi-finalists were brought into the elementary classroom at 5 local schools, where a team of local restaurant chefs & culinary students presented the veggies to students to taste and vote.

The ballots have been cast, and the kids have voted for…

Article Erika Nunley
Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids

5 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Coming up with healthy breakfast ideas doesn’t have to be complicated. When you’re thinking about what to make, consider what you might enjoy – and your kid will probably like it too. To help you get started, here are five healthy breakfast recipes your kids will love to make with you.

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Food Literacy Students, Matthew & Pear

Food Literacy Students – Then & Now

This is the story of our work: kids building the habit of eating vegetables, so that as they grow older, adults don’t have to nudge them to do it. It’s something they do because they enjoy it! 

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Chili Lime Street Corn

Chile Lime Street Corn

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One way to reduce food waste is to cook with drought-tolerant foods - like cactus! Photo by Amber Stott

4 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Nearly 40% of the food in the United States goes to waste, which costs Americans $161.6 billion annually (about $640 per individual).

Many of us want to do something to help, but how? Here are a few easy tips for reducing waste in your home. 

Recipe Beth Lee
Israeli Chopped Salad

Israeli Chopped Salad

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2017 Veggie of the Year
Voting starts Sept 13!

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Recipe Annelies Zijderveld

Nopales Scramble

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Cabbage Jalapeno Slaw

Cabbage Jalapeño Slaw

Recipe Food Literacy Center
Tomato Lime Brown Rice

Tomato Lime Brown Rice

Recipe Food Literacy Center

Vegetable Spring Rolls with Brown Rice & Mushrooms

Recipe Food Literacy Center

Soba Noodle Salad and Dressing

Recipe Amber K. Stott
Tomato Bread Salad

Tomato Bread Salad

Recipe Food Literacy Center

Natural Explorer Trail Mix

Recipe Erin Alderson of Naturally Ella

Sunflower Butter Yogurt Dip

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