Sacramento, California – After more than seven years of work, the Food Literacy Center has a new home. The 4,500 square foot facility at Leataata Floyd Elementary now serves as the nonprofit’s headquarters. The 2.5-acre facility includes a cooking classroom, commercial kitchen and student gardens to provide the Food Literacy Center with the space it needs to advance its mission of developing food literacy in children from Sacramento.
To commemorate the inauguration, the Food Literacy Center will hold a grand opening ceremony on Thursday, September 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the grand opening are on sale for $100 each at www.foodliteracycenter.org. At the outdoor event, guests can expect:
- Visits to the new cooking school
- Bites and sips from the best local chefs
- Planting activity with students
- live music
- Dignitaries and inauguration ceremony
“The opening of this cooking school means much more than health and nutrition education. It means systemic change in a large school district,” said Amber Stott, Food Genius Founder and Chef at the Food Literacy Center. “I can’t say how much it means to us that the Sacramento City Unified School District saw the value in our food literacy education and decided to invest in students by building that and allowing us to exploit it.”
“I am overwhelmed with joy to see this project come to fruition,” Stott continued. “The Food Literacy Center is so passionate about educating the next generation about the importance of health and nutrition, and this new facility gives us the space to expand our programming beyond classroom education. and will hopefully serve as a model for other schools in the area.”
The $4.3 million project was funded by Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and is ready for the Food Literacy Center to begin serving approximately 330 elementary students enrolled at Leataata Floyd Elementary and their families, as well as district and community students. .
“With the Food Literacy Center based on the campus of an SCUSD school, I am thrilled that our students can enjoy healthy, delicious foods and learn how to prepare nutritious meals. These valuable lessons in nutrition and healthy eating will benefit students throughout their lives,” said Christina Pritchett, president of the City of Sacramento Unified School District.
The new state-of-the-art facility offers programs and amenities including:
- A cooking school with child-friendly appliances and tools to teach students how to cook healthy meals;
- A prep kitchen for Food Literacy Center staff and volunteers to prepare for after-school programs throughout the district, with a particular focus on Title 1 schools;
- A training space for Food Literacy Center staff to train future instructors and manage day-to-day operations;
- Community programs including family cooking classes, school trips.
“SCUSD is proud of this multi-partner project with the Food Literacy Center and the City of Sacramento, which will benefit students at Leataata Floyd Elementary and other Title 1 schools in the district,” said Lisa Murawski, 1st Vice Chairman, Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education. “This community resource demonstrates the school district’s commitment to student health and the power of hands-on learning.
“For Sac City Unified, this is an investment in Leataata Floyd students and the wider community. The food literacy center will have the effect of helping families adopt healthier lifestyles,” said Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jorge A. Aguilar. “By teaching students how to grow, prepare and enjoy fresh, local and seasonal produce, we can begin to reduce childhood obesity and many of the health problems associated with it. »
This project was made possible by the City of Sacramento Unified School District, the City of Sacramento and Northwest Land Park, LLC. In January 2016, SCUSD approved the Food Literacy Center to operate the new development, with the intention that the excess land be used to educate students, their parents and the wider community about how sustainable gardening offers health and nutrition benefits while improving health. and student diets. In December 2018, the City of Sacramento and the City of Sacramento Unified School District (SCUSD) entered into the Leataata Floyd Elementary School Community Farm and Garden Project Agreement which allowed the city to use the school’s surplus land to develop space for the benefit of the area residents, including the students of Leataata Floyd and their families.
“It has been an incredible joy to see the growth and leadership of the Food Literacy Center in our community. I had the honor of being one of the first ‘Food Geniuses’ certified by the Center, so I know firsthand how effective their training can be,” said Katie Valenzuela, member of the Sacramento Council, District 4. “To see them take this next step – in such a deserving community – is so exciting, and I can’t wait to see the positive impact they will have on Leataata Floyd Elementary students. and their families.
For more information, to purchase tickets for the September 1 inaugural event, or to donate to the Food Literacy Center, visit
ABOUT THE FOOD INFORMATION CENTER
Food Literacy Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2011 in Sacramento, California with a mission to get kids eating their vegetables. The organization provides culinary and nutrition education to low-income elementary school children in the Sacramento City Unified School District to improve health, the economy, and the environment. For more information about the Food Literacy Center, visit www.foodliteracycenter.org.
ABOUT THE SACRAMENTO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Sacramento City Unified School District is one of the oldest K-12 districts in the western United States (established in 1854). SCUSD students reflect the rich diversity that characterizes downtown Sacramento. Our student population is 40% Hispanic or Latino; 17% Asian; 14% African American; and 18 percent white. About 7% of students belong to two or more races or ethnicities. Residents of SCUSD speak over 51 languages. The District’s core value is to recognize that our system is unfair by design. SCUSD works vigilantly to confront and interrupt the inequalities that exist to level the playing field and provide opportunities for everyone to learn, grow, and achieve greatness.
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