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About the Cooking School

Rendering of Food Literacy Center

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

Student Garden Site Map

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 and support:

  • Cooking School, where 30+ students will learn to cook healthy meals.
  • 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!

Cooking School Renderings

Student Farm & Garden

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. 

Hands-on Learning

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 throughout SCUSD.
  • 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 compost.

Join our expansion! Donate today!


Student Farm & Garden at Food Literacy Center

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.

Aubrey with seeds

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. 

Kids doing veggie cheer - photo by Adam Gottlieb

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.” 

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.




“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 program.”

-Jay Hansen, Sacramento Unified School District board member

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