Food Revolution FAQs
Jamie and the team would love to be able to talk to all of you individually but due to the volume of inquiries we receive it makes it impossible for us to answer you all personally so we have created this FAQs section to help you find the information you need. Please click on the relevant topic below to see our answers to the most commonly asked questions.
You can also post your questions on to the Food Revolution Community Facebook page where our community leaders and the Food Revolution Team regularly post and respond to questions!
1. Jamie's Petition
Jamie's Food Revolution petition has gained over 700,000 supporters since March 2010; mostly from the USA and over 30,000 from the rest of the world. From September 1st 2011 we have updated Jamie's petition to show a global count of supporters. The petition is still the same but widened out to address a global problem: signers are showing their support for the Food Revolution and standing up for better food at school and better health prospects and the need to keep cooking skills alive around the world. This is a move to highlight the global obesity epidemic: 1.7 billion people are obese or overweight globally including 200 million children, this is a global issue. The world wants a Food Revolution!
2. School Food
Take a look at our toolkits and support tools. These will help you to work out what the problems are and will give you a step-by-step guide to starting a successful campaign. We will regularly post information onto our Food Revolution website about the School Food Professionals who are passionate about swapping processed food for freshly cooked meals. Stories of our School Food Heroes, everyday people engaged in inspirational projects to bring about a Food Revolution in their communities, can also be found here. They are a great source of ideas and inspiration.
If you still have unanswered questions, post them onto the Facebook Food Revolution Community page. It's already a go-to space for the many people across America who share the goal of improving the health of their children; there are also loads of great stories and ideas. Alternatively, you can tweet your question to us at @FoodRevTeam (make sure to include #FoodRevolution). Unfortunately, we can't promise to be able to respond to every single tweet due to the sheer number of them.
There is a special Teachers' Toolkit on our website; this toolkit is based on suggestions from OpenIDEO, a brainstorming website, and will provide a number of ideas that will help you to bring about change in your school. If you have read this and still have queries, please post your question onto the Facebook Food Revolution Community page where like-minded people will be able to share their ideas and advice with you.
If you are a student and want to start a Food Revolution in your school, then fantastic! Use our Food Revolution Community map to see if a revolution has already begun in your community. If there is one, then 'like it' and post on the wall to share your concerns and inquire about how you can help. If there is no group in your area, then you can create your own Food Revolution Group Facebook Page. This will help you to gather support and put forward your ideas. We suggest that you find some adults to help you as we don't want you to neglect your studies!
If you are a school cook seeking advice on how to change the food in your school, then visit Chef Ann Cooper's "THE LUNCH BOX". Here you will find scaled recipes that are nutritionally checked and meet federal standards, plus lots of other tools and advice that will help you to start to plan and change the menus in your school.
These recipes were created especially for the TV show; we are unable to publish these, but you can find other lovely Food Revolution recipes on the Food Revolution website. The recipes are not only delicious but nutritionally checked to meet American Heart Association guidelines.
Jamie has returned to his home in the UK for the time being, but you can still get a Food Revolution started at your school. See the answers above for good ways in which you can get things going.
To find initiatives across America that aim to improve nutrition, go to the Food Revolutionaries section. Here you will find links to a number of amazing projects, some of which will give you the opportunity to apply for a grant in your school. We also suggest you join or create a local group in your community to find support by checking out the Food Revolution map. For information on how to do this, see section 7 of the FAQs.
3. Community Action
How do I get involved and start making changes in my community?
To find out if the Food Revolution has already taken root in your area, search the Food Revolution map. Here you will be able to enter your zip code and find out where the nearest Food Revolution Facebook Communities are. You can also visit Your State page on Facebook, which will gradually get updated with locally relevant contacts and information.
To help lead the Food Revolution in your community, use the Food Revolution map to search for groups within your area, join and work with the other members to create change. If there is not already a group in your community you can submit a group request to start your own Food Revolution Group Facebook page, you can do this by clicking the "create a group" option to the right of the community map. This will give you a platform to reach out to other people in your community, discuss and plan activities for school food, and it will help you to gather support in your neighborhood.
If you are looking for an organization to join in your area, a great place to start is our Revolutionaries page, this lists a number of trusted organizations who have chapters or operations all across America. One great way to get started is to find and visit your local Farmers' Market - it's a great way to taste seasonal produce, and lots of Food Revolutionaries are usually hanging around. Go and talk to a vendor, or another shopper, or look for the central table with the folks who run the market.
As you can imagine, Jamie gets thousands of requests for help which are all for very worthwhile causes, this means that he can't support each individual project personally. However, he would love to hear how you're doing, so why not join our Facebook Food Revolution Community page to share ideas and inspiration with like-minded people and the Food Revolution team.
4. Get Cooking
Cooking at school
If you are a school cook looking for advice on how to improve the food that you serve, then please read the advice given in section 1 of the FAQs.
Cooking at home
If you are struggling to find healthy simple recipes to cook at home, take a look at the Food Revolution recipes on our website. They are all written to help you build up your base of home-cooking skills, and thanks to great advice from our fantastic nutritionist Elizabeth Fassberg, meet the dietary guidelines for Americans, so they're delicious and healthy. These recipes provide a great starting place for parents who want to improve the food they cook for their family.
These recipes were created especially for the TV show; we are unable to publish these, but we have put together a lovely collection of other Food Revolution recipes on the Food Revolution website that should help you to get cooking from scratch. The recipes are not only delicious but nutritionally checked to meet American Heart Association guidelines.
We can find Jamie's Food Revolution Recipes on the website. Among these recipes are some American classics, which have been tweaked to reduce the salt, fat and total calories, without sacrificing flavor. These recipes can be part of a healthy balanced diet with room for the occasional treat. Jamie's Food Revolution recipes teach basic cooking skills and inspire people to make affordable family meals from scratch at home.
5. The TV Show
The Emmy award-winning season one of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution aired on ABC in the spring of 2010. This series followed Jamie's work in Huntington, West Virginia. At the moment, you can't purchase this series on DVD but you can view any of the episodes on YouTube.
Season two of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution was filmed at the beginning of 2011 in Los Angeles and airs Tuesdays at 8PM/9CT on ABC from April 12 through to May 17. The show is produced by ABC productions, working in partnership with Fresh One Productions.
Recipes featured in series two were bespoke recipes created specifically for the TV show, there are no current plans to feature these on the Food Revolution website, but you can see our Food Revolution recipes here.
For more information about the use of ammonia in beef trimmings and hamburgers, check out these links:
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6. Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the site of season two of Jamie's Food Revolution and has a special place in our hearts. Your first stop for all things Los Angeles is to check out the Food Revolution Los Angeles Facebook page.
The best thing that you can do to make sure you don't miss a thing is to sign Jamie's petition and make sure to give us your zip code. We have lots of localized Facebook groups in the Los Angeles area. To find out if there is a specific group in your part of the city or county, go to the Food Revolution map, enter your zip code or simply zoom in. Click 'visit us on Facebook' and 'like' the group. If there isn't a group for your neighborhood, feel free to create a group.
Check your email for local events and activities. We are Currently Collaborating on a Letter-Writing Campaign to the NEW Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
If you have kids (or are one), the first big step is a meeting with your principal to find out about the food in your particular school. You will probably want to connect with other like-minded people in your school community to schedule a meeting together. Consult our toolkits for help with the whole process.
One thing that any individual school can do is reduce consumption of chocolate milk, thus cutting loads of extra sugar from kids' diets. Individual schools can also add salad bars, plant gardens or potted plants, provide cooking and nutrition lessons, and cut back on junk food fundraisers.
Make sure to report innovations on our Food Revolution Los Angeles Community Facebook page.
It's true - our fitted-out semi-trailer mobile classroom is starting its revolutionary journey in Los Angeles. For most of this year, it will be spending time in four communities: South LA, Boyle Heights, Santa Ana, and Long Beach. Details will be posted on the Truck page.
During season two filming for Food Revolution, a kitchen was set up in Westwood, Los Angeles. The kitchen was then moved to West Adams High School, in Eastern Los Angeles. There is currently no Food Revolution kitchen in Los Angeles; the site for the permanent Los Angeles kitchen will be released in the coming months.
7. My Story
We love hearing all of your personal stories and are constantly amazed and inspired by your fantastic efforts. Please share them with us by posting them on the Food Revolution Facebook community page, which we check on a regular basis.
In order to share your ideas and suggestions with us and other Food Revolutionaries, join our Facebook Food Revolution Community page where you can help inspire others to make a change in their local community.
You can easily tell us by letting the Facebook Food Revolution Community page know or tweet us at @FoodRevTeam. We do receive thousands of suggestions on a daily basis so we can't reply to every single suggestion that we get. If we feel that a product will help us, then we will be in touch. We are always extremely grateful for any help.
We are fully committed to the Food Revolution, which is a pretty full-time job, so we don't have time to begin any new campaigns at the moment. If you have a great idea, why not start your own campaign? We would love to hear about your progress on the Food Revolution Facebook Community page or on Twitter at @FoodRevTeam.
Jamie's diary is very busy as he has left the USA, for now, so unfortunately it is not possible for him to make any more visits or attend any further events this year.
To find out if a Food Revolution has already started in your area, go to the Food Revolution map. Here you will be able to enter your zip code and find your nearest Food Revolution community.
To help lead the Food Revolution in your community, you can fill out a group request form to start your own Food Revolution Group Facebook page. This will provide a platform for discussion and planning, and it will also act as a useful tool to gather support in your surrounding area.
Use the 'share' link on the bottom of the left-hand column, below your profile photo. Once you click 'share', and the box pops up, you can either post to your personal profile or 'send as a message instead' directly to a number of friends.
You can also try the 'suggest to friends' link on the right-hand side of your page under 'admins' and on your welcome screen, although this doesn't provide direct notification to people's inboxes or profiles, so they may never notice the message.
We also suggest you promote your group by posting the link on your personal profile and on the Food Revolution community page.
We are all busy, and it's important these pages are kept active so we encourage you to invite a friend to help you as an 'administrator' or, as traffic evolves on your page, identify a user to assist you. You can add another administrator by clicking the 'edit page' in the top right-hand corner, then 'manage admins' in the left-hand column, and then 'add another admin'.
If your page doesn't already have them, you can add great applications such as 'events' and 'discussions'. These applications will then be available to use on your group and can be found underneath your profile picture. To add 'events', click the 'edit page' button in the top right-hand corner of the page. On the editing page, there will be a list of options on the left-hand side, one of which is 'apps'. Select 'apps', find 'events', select 'edit settings' followed by 'add' and 'ok'. To add 'discussions', simply follow this link. Once on this page, you will see an option to 'add to my page' on the left-hand side (again below the profile picture).
A new feature is the ability to post 'as your page' rather than your personal profile. To activate this, click 'account' in blue in the top right-hand corner, and then select 'use Facebook as page'. A box will pop up prompting you to 'switch' to your group. You can always rapidly switch back by going to 'account' and 'switch back to [your name]'.
We have just a few simple rules:
Be nice: Don't post content that is malicious or offensive to other members; we like a happy community! Be topical: These groups are for discussions of issues related to the Food Revolution (the values of which are outlined in our Food Charter). Please don't upload or promote irrelevant information and businesses. Helpful posts about businesses or third-party reviews relating to the Food Revolution are acceptable, but no commercial posts please. Be safe: Remember to be careful about the personal information you share. Please note, the Food Revolution team will remove any content seen to break these rules.
9. Donations and Sponsorship
If you are an individual, a business or organization and you are interested in supporting the campaign, then please click here to contact the team. Please include your full contact details with any proposal, along with full details of what support you are offering the campaign by way of services, products or otherwise, so that our team can consider your offer thoroughly before responding.
If you have been inspired by the Food Revolution and would like to sponsor the work that Jamie is doing, then please follow the link to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Fund, which is being collected by Groundspring on behalf of America Gives Back. Your donations are helping us to develop our programs to change school food and bring back food education to the United States. Donate here.
10. Products Jamie uses and wears
Unfortunately, we can't help with all product inquiries, especially information regarding the clothes that Jamie wears during the shows. However, we do get a lot of people who want to know where he gets his lovely trucker caps from and we can reveal that these are from Lucky 7.
11. Other Countries
We recognize that the problems being tackled by the Food Revolution are not unique to America. We would love to try and improve eating habits globally but there are not enough hours in the day, and we really believe that if we can change things in America, then the movement will start to spread across the world! Our focus will continue to be on the work that he is doing to change the food served in schools, homes and the main street, in America via the Food Revolution and via the Ministry of Food in the UK and Australia. Many of the problems we are tackling through these programs are the same in other countries so, if you are looking for some advice, check out the toolkits and links on the website. These will help you to get started. If you would like to support the campaign, then you can sign the petition - remember to get your family and friends to do the same!
Click here to contact the team, but please note that they can only respond to inquiries about press-related issues. i.e. TV, radio, newspaper or magazine articles and interviews.
Jamie has returned to his home in the UK and his diary is very busy so, unfortunately, it is not possible for him to make any more visits or attend any further events this year.
13. The Food Foundation's "Big Rig" Mobile Teaching Kitchen
A flagship for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and in partnership with The California Endowment, the "Big Rig" truck teaches kids life-changing cooking skills. The mobile kitchen offers five-week courses structured around quick, affordable family meals made with fresh, whole ingredients and includes "nutrition 101" teaching portion-size, the components of a balanced meal, and nutritional comparisons between processed and fast foods versus foods they cook themselves. Recipes are tailored to meet the USDA health goals set out in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It is staffed by culinary instructors trained by a Jamie Oliver food team and supported by The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities team. Find out more here.
If you are interested in sponsoring the "Big Rig" or funding a new on please contact us.
14. Food Revolution Kitchens
Jamie Oliver and the American Heart Association have formed a not-for-profit partnership to open a network of Food Revolution kitchens; community-based centers where people can learn basic cooking skills and prepare affordable, nutritious meals. Their goal is to have at least five kitchen centers within the next 18 months, and plans are under way for New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Baltimore and Dallas.
The kitchen program is based on the successful network that Jamie has already established in Great Britain and Australia. It includes:
The centers will be funded by local sponsors and managed by the American Heart Association. If you are interested in finding the funding to establish a food center in your area, please contact us.
When Jamie left Huntington, local non-profit Ebenezer Medical Outreach (EMO) stepped in with a generous offer to oversee operations. EMO's mission to provide preventative care for the medically uninsured aligns perfectly with Jamie's mission to increase awareness of the consequences of unhealthy eating habits. So with the help of a $50,000 donation from Cabell Huntington Hospital and food donations from the US Foodservice, as well as donations of materials and professional services from Organizing for America and even a kind-hearted local plumber, Huntington's kitchen opened to the public in February, 2010. Today the kitchen offers an array of healthy cooking classes, including 'Huntington's Kitchen Basic Steps to Healthy Cooking'. Cabell Huntington Hospital recently donated a further $10,000 to help expand the kitchen's Fresh Market program and make locally grown fruits and vegetables more available and affordable to the community of Huntington.
During season two filming of the Food Revolution, a kitchen was set up in Westwood, Los Angeles. The kitchen was then moved to West Adams High School, in Eastern Los Angeles. There is currently no Food Revolution kitchen in Los Angeles; the location for the permanent Los Angeles kitchen will be released in the coming months.
15. Jamie Oliver Food Foundation
The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (JOFF) was established in 2011 (pending 501c3 status) to fight obesity and promote better dietary health through food education and cooking skills. The JOFF will drive a social movement for cultural change, advocate for better food choices and integrity through the food chain and develop educational programs to promote home cooking, in particular in schools and vulnerable communities.
16. Our FREE Browser App: The Food Revolution Giving Assistant
We've partnered with GlobalMojo to use their browser app technology to help generate funds for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. By installing our free Giving Assistant just once (it's quick and you won't need to do it again) you can start fundraising straight away whenever you shop online with our retail partners, without doing anything different.
Our US retail partners include Amazon, Best Buy and eHarmony, and our UK retail partners include Nike Store and NikeID, Disneyland Paris and Hotels.com, plus our list is growing so once you've downloaded the browser app whenever you are shopping online our logo will appear in your web search results next to our retail partners so you will know where to go.
Once you have downloaded the free app in to your internet browser (available for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer) each time a purchase is made with an approved partner, a percentage of sales are automatically redirected to the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, allowing you to help create a healthier generation at no extra cost. You can track totals raised through the button in your browser and on your dashboard.
GlobalMojo is donating 50% of the gross revenue it receives from every purchase made with our retail partners, the other 50% goes to power the technology that allows you to make this donation for free to JOFF. On average, 2% of your entire purchase will go to support the JOFF; however, each merchant is different, so that % will vary slightly.
Download our browser app for FREE here: www.jamiesfoodrevolution.com/givingassistant
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution has no affiliation with California-based Revolution Foods.
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