Center for Ecoliteracy executive director Zenobia Barlow moderates a panel on "Rethinking School Lunch Oakland: Improving School Meals through Central and Community Kitchens" at the 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, to be held in Long Beach, CA June 18–20.
The panel also features Nutrition Services director Jennifer LeBarre and associate superintendent Curtiss Sarikey of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and TomKat Charitable Trust founding director Kat Taylor.
The panel presents a collaboration of the Center for Ecoliteracy, the Oakland Unified School District, and TomKat Charitable Trust to create a central kitchen, urban garden, and education center as the hub of a district-wide initiative integrating food system and educational innovations. The project is based on recommendations of the Rethinking School Lunch Oakland Feasibility Study conducted for OUSD by the Center for Ecoliteracy with support from TomKat Charitable Trust. In November, 2012 a bond measure including $40 million earmarked for construction of the new complex was approved by 84 percent of Oakland voters.
Nearly 2,000 participants are expected to attend the Child Obesity Conference, the nation's largest gathering of professionals dedicated to combating pediatric obesity.
Zenobia Barlow, executive director of the Center for Ecoliteracy (www.ecoliteracy.org), coauthored Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and coedited Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World (Sierra Club Books, 2005) and Ecoliteracy: Mapping the Terrain (Learning in the Real World, 1999), in addition to her role leading the Center’s grant-making, educational, and publishing programs.