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About the School Lunch Initiative

The School Lunch Initiative was created in 2004 to connect formal academic subjects with experiential learning in instructional gardens, kitchen classrooms, and school classrooms. It was formed as a public-private partnership among:

The Chez Panisse Foundation
Founded by Alice Waters in 1996, the Chez Panisse Foundation develops and supports educational programs that use food traditions to teach, nurture, and empower young people. The Foundation envisions a curriculum integrated with the school lunch service, in which growing, cooking, and sharing food at the table give students the knowledge and values to build a humane and sustainable future.

The Center for Ecoliteracy
The Center for Ecoliteracy, a leader in the green schools movement, has worked with schools and organizations in more than 400 communities during the past 15 years. Best known for its work with school gardens, lunches, and integrating sustainability into the curricula, the Center also offers books, teaching guides, professional development seminars, a sustainability leadership academy, and consulting services.

The Berkeley Unified School District
The mission of the Berkeley Unified School District, a diverse community deeply committed to public education, is to ensure that all students discover and develop their special talents, achieve their educational and career goals, become lifelong learners, and succeed in a rapidly changing society.


Contact Info

Chez Panisse Foundation

1517 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709

Center for Ecoliteracy
at the David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Suite 270 Berkeley, CA 94704-1377

Berkeley Unified School District
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704-1180