California's first partner showing off lunch at Markham Elementary School

Change is on the Menu!

Eat REAL hosted First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom on a school lunch visit with students at Vacaville Unified with Mount Diablo Unified School District and North County Monterey Unified School District.

The Importance of School Meals

The school bell rings, students are heading to class. They should be bright, fresh, and ready to learn, but instead, many are having trouble staying focused and awake. Money’s been tight at home, and the fridge was empty this morning. For the third time this week, the day begins with an empty stomach. Child Hunger … Read more

The Eat REAL Model Works for Everyone

We learn many life skills in school over the 12 years spent there that prepare us for adult life. Outside of the standard subjects like Math, Science, History, English, we learn soft skills like social skills, problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking. However, our education rarely covers nutrition and fueling our bodies – even though students … Read more

Fight Climate Change with Sustainable Food Production

The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released its sixth assessment report on the state of climate change in 2021. The report is an urgent cry to limit human-caused greenhouse gas emissions as the scientists found that climate change continues to accelerate, and the unequivocal cause is human activities. On the flip … Read more

Why Universal Free Meals at School is a Crucial Public Health and Social Justice Move for California and the Nation

Expanding Universal School Meals for All is a massive win for public health and social justice. California is now the first state to provide free meals to all public school students. The final state budget approved by Governor Newsom and passed by the state legislature this week will cover the costs of offering breakfast and … Read more

Eat REAL Certification Works to Regenerate our Planet

Climate change is accelerating, and nearly ¼ of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from food production. But, not all food production is created equal. Real food that’s grown locally using climate-friendly practices can not only limit the negative impacts of food production but can help regenerate the environment. Eat REAL Certification is a change … Read more

Eat REAL is an Eat the Change Grant Recipient!

We are proud to announce we have been awarded a competitive $15k grant from climate-friendly food champions, Eat the Change Impact. This grant will support our work in helping schools create more climate-friendly menus. Eat the Change Impact is the foundation of climate-friendly food company Eat the Change. The foundation awards grants to support organizations … Read more

Universal Free School Meal Programs Gaining Momentum Across Country

Children need access to nutritious meals so they can learn, thrive, and grow. Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality for millions of families across the country.  The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated hunger and food insecurity while shining a spotlight on the inequalities in our food system – however, it also exemplified the power school meal programs have … Read more

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