Food Literacy Center

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$44,966 raised by 189 donors

100% complete

$45,000 Goal

Food Literacy Center was founded in 2011 to educate children on how food impacts their health. We teach children in Title 1 schools cooking, nutrition, gardening, and active play to improve our health, environment, and economy. 

For over a decade, Food Literacy Center has provided successful after school programs to Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) elementary schools. In Sacramento, 40% of children suffer from childhood obesity or are overweight. This directly increases their risk for Type 2 diabetes. Diet-related chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes put individuals at higher risk of severe illness. This prevalence is higher among African American and Hispanic children from lower-income families. Children from lower-income households are two times as likely to be obese than children from higher-income households and are more likely to experience a lower quality of life as adults, including poorer health, educational attainment, and employment outcomes.

The majority of the children we serve are food and nutrition insecure, a form of toxic stress. Food insecurity is also associated with adverse behavioral and academic outcomes among children. Now more than ever before, our students need social connections to survive and thrive. We combine positive, stable relationship-building with skill-building by delivering hands-on, health-focused programs. We help build resilience, helping students learn to cope with hard times and develop healthy eating habits by role modeling healthy behaviors and consistently showing up for our students year after year, even through the pandemic during school closures.

Food Literacy Center serves elementary schools located in the Sacramento Promise Zone, a federally designated high-need neighborhood. USDA identifies these neighborhoods as food deserts, 82-100% participate in free/reduced lunch programs, and eat 3 subsidized meals per day in school. Food and nutrition insecurity remain at a record high in the communities we serve. Our approach to education has not changed; it is now more critical! We combine immediate food assistance with resilience skill-building. We engage the students we serve, allowing their needs to determine our strategies. 


Food Literacy Center's mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. We teach children in low-income elementary schools cooking, nutrition, gardening, and active play to improve our health, environment, and economy.


Financial support: It costs $186 per child to deliver our food literacy curriculum. We have an ongoing waiting list of interested schools waiting for our help.

Volunteers: As a small nonprofit, community members help with a wide variety of professional needs in our largely volunteer-driven nonprofit. Under health and safety guidelines, they are needed in our recipe kit distribution program at our school sites with packing and passing out recipe kits. Volunteers also assist with events, community outreach, and many other functions.

Committee members: We have fundraising events during the year that require the time and talent of community volunteers. We also have committees to help shape the direction of our marketing and programs.

Organization Data


Organization name

Food Literacy Center

Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Operating Budget

$500,001-$1 million

Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Program, Volunteers, Board Members

Demographics Served

AAPI, BIPOC, Youth & Children, Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx, Low-income individuals/families


PO Box 188706
Sacramento, CA 95818


401 A McClatchy Way
Sacramento, CA 95818

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Sacramento, CA, US



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