New state-of-the-art cooking school will teach students food literacy and how to make healthy meals

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On September 18, 2019, the Food Literacy Center and Sacramento City Unified School District celebrated the official groundbreaking of the Food Literacy Center’s future cooking school at Floyd Farms.

Floyd Farms at Leataata Floyd Elementary school is the result of a strong partnership between the District, Food Literacy Center and City of Sacramento. The new center will serve the 330 elementary school students that are enrolled at Leataata Floyd Elementary and their families, as well as students throughout the District and community. 

“Sacramento City Unified School District is working to make school lunch the freshest and most innovative possible while partnering with local farmers, producers and Food Geniuses,” said David Edgar, Executive Chef for the District.

The new state-of-the-art, green facility will include and support: 

  • Cooking School – Students at multiple SCUSD schools will receive instruction on food literacy and how to cook healthy meals. 
  • Prep Kitchen – A place for Food Literacy Center staff and volunteers to prep for after school programs across the school district, focused on Title 1 schools. 
  • Training Space – Food Literacy Center staff will train future instructors of the curriculum and manage the day-to-day operations of the 2.5-acre project that will reach students daily. 
  • Community Programs – Including family cooking classes, school field trips, and more! 

“This health-focused project has been in development since 2012 with partners from The Mill at Broadway, Food Literacy Center, and the City of Sacramento,” said Superintendent Jorge Aguilar. ”We are thrilled to break ground on the Zero Net Energy building, designed with the latest energy efficiency technologies and enough solar energy to offset the building’s annual energy use. Our district is committed to the health of our students and are pleased to bring this important project to life.”

Food Literacy Center is also receiving multi-year support for this project from Clover Sonoma, Setzer Foundation, Sun & Soil Juice Company, and Selland Family Restaurants. The project received additional support from Cobram Estates, FleishmanHillard, Confucius Institute at UC Davis, Visit Sacramento, and Stacey & Galvin Kauffman. 

The District looks forward to announcing the grand opening of the center once it is complete! To learn more about Food Literacy and opportunities to get involved with their mission, visit