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Food Literacy Center Cooking School Project

Timeline of the cooking school

This ambitious and first-of-its-kind project was built 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 here!

Timeline of the Food Literacy Center Cooking School




  • Food Literacy Center founded by Amber Stott, Chief Food Genius
  • Provided free food literacy classes to 120 students at one school with all volunteer hour
  • Worked with the California State Assembly and Senate to name September Food Literacy Month


  • Hire paid staff and expanded to 3 schools.
  • Started Food Literacy Academy to train the first of many Food Geniuses


  • Began strategic conversations with SCUSD, The Mill at Broadway & the City of Sacramento about a partnership. 
  • Gathered letters of support from leaders like Alice Waters. 
  • Visited programs like Edible Schoolyard Project and Sage Garden Project to learn.


  • School board voted unanimously to name Food Literacy Center as operator of the project.
  • Began strategic internal planning.


  • HMC Architects were selected to build the SCUSD Central Kitchen. At the same time, they agreed to design Broccoli HQ pro-bono. 
  • Continued internal planning.


  • First project renderings shared with the community. 
  • Hosted our first onsite tours for funders in October.


  • Architectural drawings complete and submitted for permits. 
  • Lots of paperwork and meetings about utilities!
  • Groundbreaking in September.


  • Schools closed due to COVID-19 causing delays
  • Site preparations started in May
  • Construction began in the fall


  • Secure program funds, on-site sponsorships, and in-kind donations of equipment
  • Moved into our new headquarters October 2021!
  • Food literacy pilot classes begun in the new cooking school.
  • Continued free food literacy classes in afterschool programs across the Sacramento City Unified School District and Robla School District


  •  Solar panels were installed on the rooftop
  • Student and community garden are under way
  • Grand Opening September 1, 2022 

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Groundbreaking - photo by Adam Gottlieb

Path to Breaking Ground at Food Literacy Center
Message from Board President, Stacey Kauffman

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

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.

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