Co-Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Education Foundation

Celebrating School Food Festival
Friday, October 15, 2010; 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz
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The Central Coast School Food Alliance, in conjunction with National School Food Week, will be holding their first annual, Celebrating School Food Festival on Friday, October 15, 2010.  The festival will take place in the park area of the Louden Nelson Center, at 301 Center Street in Santa Cruz from 2:00 – 6:00 pm, and will feature culinary school programs and school food samplings and tastings from a number of the innovative food and nutrition programs run by our local school districts and Food Service Directors throughout Santa Cruz County, including Pacific School of Davenport.

The festival will also include food related art contests from various local schools, as well as information booths about Santa Cruz County’s successful school food and nutrition programs from various school districts in our area.  Presenters include ALBA Farm to School Program, California Food Policy Advocates, Santa Cruz Farmer’s Market, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Food What?!, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, Slow Food Santa Cruz, Life Lab Science Program, Transition Santa Cruz, Second Harvest Food Bank, the United Way’s Go 4 Health and New Leaf Market.  Additionally, there will be information on local parent led movements to educate and feed kids healthier meals in school and grow organic produce at schools to be used in their meals.

Also featured at the Celebrating School Food Festival will be the premiere viewing of the documentary Nourish.  With beautiful visuals and inspiring stories, Nourish traces our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps, and is helping our schools and communities open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability.  Nourish illustrates how food connects to such issues as biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice.  The film, hosted and narrated by Cameron Diaz, features interviews with such esteemed food experts as Michael Pollan, Author, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, Alice Waters, Founder Chez Panisse Restaurant and The Edible Schoolyard, Nigel Walker, Organic farmer, Jamie Oliver, Chef, author and founder of Fifteen Foundation, and many others.  There will be two viewings of the film, in the Louden Nelson Auditorium—one at 2:30 pm and one at 4:30 pm, with introductions and brief discussions featuring Assemblymember Bill Monning (D—Monterey) and Congressman Sam Farr (D—Monterey).

Entrance to and participation in the October 15th Celebrating School Food Festival is free to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Central Coast School Food Alliance, the United Way’s Go 4 Health collaborative, Santa Cruz Education Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Bay Federal Credit Union and the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems.

About the Central Coast School Food Alliance:

In February 2010, Second Harvest Food Bank, United Way of Santa Cruz, the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education hosted a luncheon, lecture and workgroup meeting for area leaders in the fight against childhood hunger, featuring speaker Janet Poppendieck, a Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and City University of New York, to discuss her new book “Free for All, Fixing School Food in America”. After this event, a working group emerged, committed to tackling local issues and challenges to provide universal access to nutritious, locally prepared school food—both breakfast and lunch—to all Santa Cruz County Kindergarten through 6th graders.