Our center is now open! Our cooking school is a city-run
community garden, headquarters, and student gardens managed
by our program staff.
Cooking School & Headquarters
In 2016, the Sacramento City Unified School District
voted unanimously for our nonprofit to
manage a cooking school and student gardens on 2.5 acres
on their Leataata Floyd Elementary campus. The 4,500 square
foot building has been designed by HMC Architects and is
funded by fees specifically designated for this
project by the developer of The Mill at Broadway, which
neighbors the school campus
Our New Center
This state-of-the-art, green facility being built will include
Cooking School, where 30+ students will learn to cook healthy
Prep Kitchen, where our staff and volunteers will prep food
and cooking supplies for after school programs across the school
district focused on Title 1 schools.
Training & Office Space, where our staff will train future
instructors of our curriculum, and manage the day-to-day
operations of this 2.5-acre facility
Community Programs, where we will host family cooking
classes, school field trips and more!
Directly behind our cooking school, is phase two of our
center, a 1-acre multi-use, outdoor classroom operated by Food
Literacy Center. Our farm is being designed with one goal in
mind: encouraging children to eat their vegetables. The open
space, designed to improve child health, is for students and
families to learn, play, and explore in an urban lot that was
once vacant. This site compliments our existing cooking and
nutrition programs by allowing students to grow food and engage
in active play.
The type of education offered at Food Literacy Center also
matters. Children’s learning styles vary. Studies show that
students who practice what they’re learning in a hands-on
environment can often retain three and a half times as much as
opposed to just sitting in a lecture and listening. Students who
have difficulty learning for reasons of ESL barriers, auditory
deficiencies, or behavioral interference can be found to be on
task more often when they are part of the learning process and
not just spectators.
The new center will allow Food Literacy Center to:
Serve elementary school students in afterschool programs
Serve students at Leataata Floyd Elementary with school day
curriculum in cooking and gardening.
Expand food literacy programming to reach more schools
throughout the district.
Provide community and family cooking classes to the public.
Implement cooking and nutrition classes such as food science,
biology, history, and culture through cuisine
Provide garden education including plant biology, and
Located directly behind our cooking school, will be a
2-acre multi-use, outdoor classroom operated by Food Literacy
Center. Our farm was designed with one goal in mind: encouraging
children to eat their vegetables.
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.
Amber Stott is the Founder and CEO of Food Literacy
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
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
“Having a well-established food literacy program like Food
Literacy Center is critical to the success of the Leataata
Floyd Farms Project. Amber and her team have built a strong,
academically challenging curriculum and with the added
resources of a farm and access to students throughout the day
more of our students can benefit from this outstanding
-Jay Hansen, Sacramento Unified School District board member