One of the first programs of its kind, the School Lunch Initiative, created in 2004, was based on the hypothesis that if young people are involved in growing, cooking, and sharing fresh, healthy food while learning about it in the curriculum, they will be more likely to develop lifelong healthy eating habits and values consistent with sustainable living.
It was formed as a public-private partnership among:
The Berkeley Unified School District
The Berkeley Unified School District is dedicated to enabling and inspiring a diverse student body to achieve academic excellence and make positive contributions to our world.
Berkeley Unified School District
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704-1180
Center for Ecoliteracy
The Center for Ecoliteracy, which pioneered the Rethinking School Lunch planning framework, is dedicated to education for sustainable living in K–12 schools. Its offerings include books, educational materials, seminars, presentations, and strategic consulting services.
The Chez Panisse Foundation (now the Edible Schoolyard Project)
The Edible Schoolyard Project supports edible education programming that uses food to nurture, educate, and empower youth. It hosts an online network for sharing education lesson plans, resources, and best practices, while mapping the movement worldwide.
Edible Schoolyard Project
1517 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709