Mission & History
The Food Literacy Center came to life in July 2011. With a lifelong career in nonprofit management and a personal passion for improving our food system, founder Amber Stott saw a critical gap: helping individuals improve their knowledge, attitude, and behavior towards real food. As a food writer and blogger, Amber has spent years researching and writing about the need for increased education of our food system. With the help of a supportive community, she decided to merge her personal passion with her professional skills to fill the food literacy need.
The mission was born to create change today for a healthy, sustainable tomorrow through community food education. Amber is joined by community members who make up the center’s board, volunteer committees, and support system. As a growing team, they’ve combined their creative ideas, expertise, and energy around food, health, and social change to improve the community.
Our mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables.
To promote a food literate population in California. We teach low-income elementary children cooking and nutrition to improve our health, community and environment.
Food Literacy [fu: d lit-er-uh-see]
noun: Understanding the impact of your food choices on your health, the environment, and our community.
Why Food Literacy Matters
Only 14% of Americans eat five servings of fruit and veggies daily. In California, 38% of children are overweight. Researchers believe we have two generations of Americans who do not know how to cook. Meanwhile, the entire global food chain may account for a third of what’s heating our planet. Our current food system is taking a toll on our health, environment, our kids and communities.
Who We Serve
Teaching children with our curriculum Your Sandwich Can Save the World! is our primary objective. By educating through local nonprofits, libraries, and schools, we help kids develop healthy food habits while they are young. We teach a weekly after-school program to low-income K-6th graders in the Sacramento area.
What We Do
We teach. Basic cooking skills, nutrition, food and vegetable appreciation, and environmental impacts (bees, organic) – these are just some of the lessons in our life-changing curriculum.
We feed. By introducing healthy, sustainable snacks and introducing children to new fruits and vegetables with our curriculum, we empower students to explore new foods, feed themselves—and make smart choices.
We train. As demand for food literacy education from schools and nonprofits grows, so does the need for teachers trained to teach food literacy. Our Food Literacy Academy program provides an intensive 9-week training for community members who are screened through an application process, and asked to commit to volunteer service to our community, helping bring our curriculum to more schools and nonprofits.
We believe that good food should be fun! We focus on the positive side of food, sharing practical, affordable, and approachable ways to eat well, rather than harping on what foods people should avoid or eliminate. We aim to engage rather than frighten.
We don’t rely on anecdotes to know that our programs are working. We test and measure our programs, using evaluation data to improve as we discover best practices to create lasting change. After three months of food literacy, 92% of kids say healthy food tastes good. Additionally, 75% of children say it matters where their food comes from.
How YOU Can Help:
Be part of the solution. Contact us to learn about scholarships that bring our curriculum into schools, sponsorship opportunities, and to volunteer: Amber Stott, Founder: firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-873-2025.