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Cal Pro NET | California Professional Nutrition Education Training Center

Outreach Toolkit

To Promote California School Meal Programs

Media/News: California News


Fall 2018


Can Sacramento City Unified School District Expel Junk Food From Classrooms?

Ideas and Innovations-Try a Kitchen Field Trip

Santa Barbara Unified School District Drops Processed Meat from the Lunch Menu

New Food Truck Brings Excitement to Lodi USD

Here’s a Way to get Students to Try Fruits and Veggies

Summer Program for Elk Grove School District

Oakland USD Small Changes are Adding Up

Rosedale Schools Make Fresh Changes to Menu, Doubling Participation

Denair Students to receive three free meals a day


Summer 2018


Summer Family Food & Wellness Expo at Golden West Elementary School in Manteca

School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute held January 20-25, 2019 in Santa Cruz. Applications due August 10, 2018!

California District in Merced serves “Super Snacks” during after school program

Smart lunchrooms help Livermore kids make good choices

California Law Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act of 2017

Natomas Unified provided outstanding food service during summer

In San Francisco, Bon Appetit’s two Presidio restaurants have partnered with Claire Lilienthal Elementary School to host a Healthy Kids event

Los Angeles Unified School District offers more meal options through food service program


Winter 2017-2018


Hesperia USD: More than 10,000 meals served

From ‘Meatless Mondays’ to taquitos, here’s what LA students will be eating this year

Water bottle refilling stations help students keep hydrated

Schools are closed amid firestorms, but campus kitchens stay open

Spices put a kick in students lunch


Summer 2017


Oceanside picnic kicks off free summer lunches

“Meatless Mondays” get cut from high school menu


Spring 2017


Easing of nutrition rules not expected to change Sonoma County school menus

Kids learn lessons, feast on food from Lemon Avenue school garden

Summer lunch program helps feed hungry children in Merced County

Sushi for under $1.25? More Bay Area schools try to solve the riddle of how to whip up fresh, healthy low-cost school lunches

SCV School Food Services Agency announces summer meal program

Farm to Fork Showcase puts a spotlight on high school students

A garden with no sunlight or soil? Future blooms at Concord high school

Sonoma High students serve Porkfolio

California school pilots smoothies

Students start recycling program after school food fight; shift culture


Winter 2016-2017


Clovis USD Dietitian demos healthy meal preps

Crack some eggs and toast Breakfast Week!

Meal Appeal University: Making school cafeteria food more appealing

Kern County students visiting Lancaster to sample future school menu items

Turning ton of daily school food waste into biogas fuel

District partners with UCSD to study plate waste

Fresh approach with farm-to-school meals in Oakland

Southern Cal SNA offers the Nutrition Educator Contest!

Check out the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Healthy Schools Web Page


Fall 2016


Orchard program fruitful for students

Some Inland schools are ditching meat in Monday lunches

What’s on the lunch menu now in Long Beach schools? Wheat, fresh fruit and veggies

The drought is over at L.A. schools. For chocolate milk, anyway

Southern Cal SNA offers the Nutrition Educator Contest!

Read the September 2016 Issue of the Team Up for School Nutrition Success Newsletter

The Government’s Using ‘X-Ray Vision Carrots’ To Fight Food Waste

Clovis schools provide new lunch app and new kitchen for students

Food truck replaces cafeteria at Davis Senior High School – for now

Food For All Mendocino plans School Food Day in Ukiah, Fort Bragg

Summer 2016


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Students launch waste-free lunch program in La Quinta

Barstow students discover fruits and vegetables

Schools make cafeteria connections


Spring 2016


El Monte City School District team member wins national award

Let them eat kale: How a school lunch lady cracked the picky eater code

Clovis Unified adds more appealing menu to school lunches

Sacramento City Unified searching for game plan to build central kitchen

Cornell program at LAUSD helps kids make better food choices

The Great Kindness Challenge Founding School District Takes Kindness to New Heights!


Winter 2015-2016


Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Tweaks Food Menus

Kale Anyone? Santa Paula students sample healthy eats

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Tweaks Food Menus


Fall 2015


Trinidad school serves organic, healthy lunches

Farm to School - The battle for healthy eating

Manteca High School students can earn money working on District's farm

Culinary careers on the menu for South County students

School lunch nutrition changing for the better

Bay2Tray brings fresh local seafood to the school cafeteria in Monterey

Cafeteria Nutrition – A Balancing Act

Grades of Green's waste reduction contest to challenge two Long Beach schools

Santa Monica schools compete to be trash-free at lunch

School cafeteria changes come in healthy doses

Beefing up School Lunch

Merced County high schools use local produce for school lunches

California District focuses on meal participation


Summer 2015


Free summer meals program continuing in Ukiah

From seeds to student lunches

INLAND SCHOOLS: Feds fund fruits, vegetables

The California Endowment

‘Food, What?!' Strawberry Blast teaches teens about health and food justice

What's for lunch? At SLO County schools, whole grains and veggies

SCHOOLS: Assuring nutrition needs are met in summer


Spring 2015


San Benito personalizes cafeteria menu

Growing their own food: Community garden yield feeds students at 5 elementary sites

Food, paper waste get second life at Visalia schools

Gardener brings hometown investment to national school-food program

Culinary Academy dishes up food at middle school

Rancho Cordova elementary school bell means the start of classes – and breakfast

Education: Schools eye breakfast in classrooms

Most Californians support serving breakfast to students during school day


Winter 2014-2015


Farm-to-table movement comes to school cafeterias

With salads on the menu, Placentia middle-schoolers have a green light to eat

˜Farm-to-cool" grants aim to spur healthy eating

SCHOOLS: What's for lunch? More often, it's fresh and California-grown


Fall 2014


Top agriculture expert praises school supper program

School Garden Growth Spurt

San Francisco schools continue to rethink the cafeteria, connect students with local food

Schools experiment with Meatless Monday menus

School Awards from The Center for Ecoliteracy

Pittsburg students to help First Lady Harvest garden

Willow Cove students, staff beaming after White House visit

Bee in Turlock: Schools strive for farm-fresh food

Lodi USD shifts to more made-from-scratch meals

Schools "think local" for food sources

Reducing schools' food-service waste


Summer 2014


California school hosts farmer's market to promote nutrition

Unlike many fads in foodservice, wellness is here to stay -El Monte City School District

Merced schools to adopt USDA school snack regulations

San Francisco schools cook up a new approach to the cafeteria experience