Central Coast School Food Alliance

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The founding core team of the Central Coast School Food Alliance, including Jamie Smith, Tim Galarneau, Willie Elliott-McCrae Members of the Central Coast School Food Alliance organized and participated in a series of "Food System Learning Journeys." including this one to Happy Girl Kitchen, in Pacific Grove, CA. Members of the Central Coast School Food Alliance attended the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference at UC Davis in 2012. Rep. Sam Farr buys from local farmers at the Aptos Farmers' Market during the CCSFA's School Food Festival, October 2011. Congressman Farr is a strong supporter and advocate of local food and healthy school food, including sponsoring the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act of 2009. Jamie Smith (pictured giving a cooking demonstration at the School Food Festival), is a founding member of the Central Coast School Food Alliance, and was until recently the Senior Manager for Nutrition and Food in the Santa Cruz School District.. He brought healthy in-house scratch cooking back into all of the district's school meals and was a tireless advocate of local farm to school produce and educating students and families in healthy cooking and eating. Jamie also converted the school cafeterias into student-run Surf City Cafes, implemented breakfast in the classroom and a free summer meal program and cooking classes. USDA 2010 Hunger Free Healthy Child Act Policy Forum, Fall 2012: CCSFA partnered with Congressman Sam Farr’s office to host an interactive forum for eighty stakeholders from farming and production, education and food services, public officials, NGOs, and community partners to engage with USDA Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Kevin Concannon, and invited panelists Students in the San Lorenzo, CA school district are given a choice of of fresh, local produce and hot entrees cooked from scratch in the school kitchen. The Central Coast School Food Alliance provided funding and technical support for the installation of salad bars serving fresh, local produce. Tim Galarneau, Jamie Smith and Marilyn West check out the healthy options in the lunchcart at San Lorenzo High School. Youth apprentices at "Food, What?!" in Santa Cruz, CA prepare fresh healthy meals together as part of their farm-based food justice curriculum.

The Central Coast School Food Alliance is a network of educators, government leaders, food service directors, emergency food providers, students, and school food advocates located in the central coast region of California, who are committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to grow up healthy and successful by giving them the education and nutrition needed.