School Food Convening 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
11:30 am to 4:00pm

California Community Foundation
Joan Palevsky Center
281 S. Figueroa Street
Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Map. PDF
Directions. PDF

Event Contact


Event Resources

Save-the-date flyer. PDF

Register on Eventbrite. link

Agenda: PDF

Speaker Bios: PDF

Public Transportation and Driving Directions. PDF

Speaker Presentations from the School Food Convening 2016

School Meal Primer PPT
   Anna Colby, Nutrition Policy Advocate, California Food Policy Advocates
   Elizabeth Medrano, Community Organizer, Healthy School Food Coalition

Federal and State School Food Policy PPT
   Anna Colby, Nutrition Policy Advocate, California Food Policy Advocates
   Tracey Patterson, Director of Legislation, California Food Policy Advocates

How to be an Effective Policy Advocate PPT
   Nancy Berlin, Policy Director, California Association of Nonprofits

Policy to Practice Panel
   Moderated by Elizabeth Medrano, Community Organizer, Healthy School Food Coalition and featuring:

   Laura Benavidez, Co-Director, Food Service Division, Los Angeles Unified School District
   Presentation: LAUSD Food Services Division: Who we are and how we can work together PPT

   Raymond Diaz, Program Coordinator, National Health Foundation
   Presentation: Engaging Youth in School Food Policy PPT

   Joann Lo, Co-Director, Food Chain Workers Alliance
   Presentation: Good Food Purchasing Policy PPT

   Christopher Wong, Food Donor Coordinator, Food Finders
   Presentation: School Food Donations PPT

About the School Food Convening 2016

What is the School Food Convening?
The School Food Convening will bring together a diverse group of organizations and individuals in the greater Los Angeles area that are focused on improving the health and well-being of students and their families. The event will provide information about school food programs, policy and actions you can take to improve school meals. The event will also include advocacy training on how to build support for a particular issue or policy.

The convening will be a great opportunity to:
  • Learn more about school food policies and best practices
  • Support efforts to improve the health and well-being of students
  • Build your advocacy skills
  • Network with other organizations focused on health and wellness in the greater Los Angeles area
The School Food Convening is hosted by the Healthy School Food Coalition of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) at Occidental College and California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA), with generous support from The California Endowment.

Why School Food?
  • The federal school nutrition programs, such as the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, increase access to nutritious food for children. Nutritious school meals not only have a positive impact on student health but also academic achievement. Healthy diets are critical for reducing obesity and diet-related diseases such as diabetes.
  • Over 2 million low-income students in California participate in the National School Lunch Program. Over 560,000 of these children are in Los Angeles County and over 190,000 reside in each of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. (See State & County Profiles. link)
  • Ensuring school meals are nutritious and accessible helps to ensure that California kids are healthy and successful!
Who should attend?
Organizations and individuals interested in:
  • Learning more about school food programs and policy and their impact on student health and academic achievement.
  • Building advocacy skills – learning how to build support around an issue or policy.
  • Taking action to improve the health and well-being of students, their families and the community.
  • Networking with other organizations in the greater Los Angeles area.
  • Anyone passionate about student wellness and nutrition!
We would like to extend a special invitation to organizations partnering with or working within Boyle Heights, Central Santa Ana, Long Beach, and South Los Angeles Building Healthy Communities sites. link

How much does the convening cost?
This convening is free of charge and lunch will be provided! Please RSVP. link

Where can I learn more about school food programs or policy?
Attend the convening!

Looking for online resources? We suggest the following:
  • CFPA's 2013-14 analysis of school lunch and school breakfast participation. PDF
  • Healthy School Food Coalition website. link