California Food for California Kids

Building capacity and commitment of public school districts to provide all students with fresh, locally grown food.

In 2010, Kat began a partnership with the Center for Ecoliteracy, a nonprofit that advances the teaching and modeling of sustainable practices in K–12 schools. The Center for Ecoliteracy’s California Food for California Kids® initiative builds the capacity of public school districts to provide students with fresh, locally-grown food and reinforce connections between the classroom, cafeteria, and garden. With a network of over 100 public school districts, California Food for California Kids advances practical solutions that transform school food systems and how students learn about the food they eat.

In 2021, the Center for Ecoliteracy, along with the California Association of Food Banks, NextGen California, TomKat Ranch, and the Office of Kat Taylor, co-sponsored the Free School Meals for All Act and successfully advocated for California to become the first state to adopt universal school meals.