Every bite of food we chew has a story.
Food Literacy Center’s role is to help the public understand the story of our food. Food Literacy Center defines “food literacy” as understanding the impact of your food choices on your health, the environment, and our economy. They believe that being food literate empowers us to make informed choices. Food Literacy Center’s job is to provide food education in a way that’s fun, approachable, and practical.
Through their approachable curriculum, K-6th grade children from low-income families learn cooking, nutrition, fruit and vegetable appreciation, food waste reduction, financial literacy through food budgeting, reading literacy and new vocabulary, and much more. The organization currently serves 8 schools, and educates over 800 students weekly and over 20,000 students annually through library programs.
Although their primary mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables, Food Literacy Center strives to create a food literate community through various educational and entertaining community events, including:
Sacramento Food Film Festival
Created in 2012, the Sacramento Food Film Festival was born from the idea that Food Literacy Center must educate the public about our food system, and work collaboratively to create positive change. They seek to bring educational films to our region that are otherwise ignored by traditional theaters – and to create a community dialog to improve food literacy and invoke action to improve our food system. Learn more.
Food Literacy Month
In September 2012, Food Literacy Center worked with Assemblymember Dickinson to declare Food Literacy Month in California to raise statewide awareness about the need for cooking and nutrition education for kids. In 2013, Yolo County, Sacramento County and City of Sacramento also passed their resolution. In 2015, the State of Washington passed a resolution inspired by the California resolution Food Literacy Center championed. Every year Food Literacy Month is celebrated with a Veggie of the Year contest, which culminates in a free community farmers market-based Food Literacy Fair. Learn more.