Jamie Oliver's Visit To SacramentoTue 07 Jan 2014
Story by The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA) Team
Jamie Oliver Continues the Food Revolution With Sacramento Visit Talking Food Education
As the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA) Big Rig Mobile Teaching Kitchen continues its tour around California, Jamie Oliver has headed to Sacramento to visit it at its first stop of 2014 - Sacramento.
Food skills are one of the most valuable life skills one can ever learn, and every child should learn about food, where it comes from, and how it affects their bodies. Thatís why The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and The California Endowment have partnered to bring food education, nutritious cooking skills and real food dishes to local communities across California.
As part of a 40-week tour that began in September 2013, the Big Rig is bringing free classes and food education to underserved communities from San Diego to Sacramento. Read more about the tour and find the schedule here.
While in Sacramento, Jamie will also be discussing school food and how important food education at school is.
School meals have come a long way over the past few years, with updates made to both the national school breakfast and lunch programs and more recently updates to the competitive foods (snack stores, vending machines etc.) standards.
California is ahead of the food movement in many ways, with pockets of the great actions, initiatives and actions taking place across the state Ė all of which should be supported and recognised by state level legislation.
It is reported that across California, 89.1% of schools are meeting the updated meal standards and half of all schools have reported moving to more scratch cooking to serve healthier meals.
Schools and the food served at them are great opportunities for food education. Each meal is a chance to keep kids healthy and help students focus in class, and educating kids on why menus are changing and what foods are good for them will help increase meal participation and improve the nations health.
Teaching kids now about real food will equip them with the life skills to look after themselves and their families, both now and in the future.
California has the opportunity to continue the tide of change in 2014 that will not only help keep kids healthy, but also help our children succeed in school.
To follow Jamieís visit live follow @JamieOliver, @jamiefoodfdnUSA and @joffbigrig on twitter, and visit the Food Revolution Community facebook page.
Stay tuned for more updates!
The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA) Team
Photography: David Loftus
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