Igniting sustainable solutions to champion healthier communities through the Let’s Eat Healthy Initiative
In collaboration, Santa Barbara County School Wellness Summit and Dairy Council of California aim to advance the health and well-being of schools and communities. Santa Barbara County School Wellness Summit will sponsor three community grants to advance collaboration and innovative solutions to foster healthy eating through the advancement of the Let’s Eat Healthy Initiative.
Funding Program Goals:
As a nutrition organization, Dairy Council of California is funded by the California dairy community to empower champions to elevate the health of children and communities in California through the pursuit of lifelong healthy eating patterns. The focus of the Santa Barbara County School Wellness Summit/Let’s Eat Healthy Community Grants program is to establish partnerships that expand our network of California champions.
Applications are now being accepted for
Applicants will be notified at the end of September 2023. Awarded grantees or a designee must attend the 10th annual Santa Barbara County School Wellness Summit on October 4, 2023 and present a brief overview of the funded project.
For questions, contact Sonia Fernandez Arana, Let’s Eat Healthy Program Manager at [email protected]
Learn more about the projects Let’s Eat Healthy has funded and its community impact with partners!
Centennial Farm, OC Fair & Event Center
Project: Enhancing Milk and Dairy Education to the Community at Centennial Farm
Centennial Farm’s update of dairy ag literacy and education resources enhances the health benefits of milk and dairy foods within its messaging and positions milk, yogurt and cheese as daily food choices in a healthy, sustainable eating pattern. Resource updates include the milk processing module video shown during farm tours.
Dairy Council of California provided Centennial Farm, farm field trip docents with professional development on the sustainability of dairy and the functional health benefits dairy foods provide to equip docents with the latest agriculture and nutrition research and messaging. Docents educated participating classrooms on the production, sustainability and nutritional benefits of dairy.
To expand opportunities for dairy ag literacy, Dairy Council of California’s Mobile Dairy Classroom collaborated with Centennial Farm to educate approximately 10,000 participants attending the Imaginology weekend event in April 2023. Lastly, funding supported National Nutrition Month activities. Centennial Farm hosted a dairy nutrition segment through its Ranch After School Program targeting 4th and 5th grade students and offered experiential activities to learn about the importance of dairy.
North Valley Military Institute & Chef Gaby Schuster
Los Angeles County
Project: Cooking with Families: A Creative Twist on Familiar Foods
Through a collaboration with North Valley Military Institute and Chef Gaby, funding provided a cooking series for families of North Valley Military Institute. The cooking series fostered opportunities to empower families to recognize how culturally diverse foods contribute to making healthy food choices to support building lifelong healthy eating patterns.
The series featured creative twists on familiar foods and meals with an emphasis on simplicity, access, and availability. The four-week series was delivered in March 2023 virtually by Chef Gaby and implemented by North Valley Military Institute's Community Schools Manager. Chef Gaby conducted a series of live Q&A sessions and provided nutrition education through the resources offered by Dairy Council of California.
City of Rancho Cucamonga, Healthy RC Program
San Bernardino County
Project: Empowering Healthy Choices: Cooking with Rancho Cucamonga Teens
City of Rancho Cucamonga, Healthy RC Youth Leaders program engaged teens through a youth empowerment project. Youth leaders enhanced their food literacy skills and knowledge about nutrition and healthy eating patterns through the project. They collaborated with a local chef to develop three dairy and culturally inclusive recipes that are budget and teen friendly.
Chef and youth leaders engaged and educated peers by hosting a cooking workshop at the 5th annual Teen Summit hosted by City of Rancho Cucamonga, Healthy RC in March 2023. Youth leaders delivered a demonstration of the developed recipes and provide nutrition messaging to attendees.