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Friends of the Earth convenes “Greening School Food” forum in Los Angeles

School food and nonprofit leaders speaking on successful strategies for serving kids healthy, climate-friendly, plant-forward food

LOS ANGELES – On Monday, Oct. 1, Friends of the Earth and local partners, including Los Angeles Food Policy Council and the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, will host a forum on school food. The event brings together more than 100 K-12 school food service directors, nutrition services staff, sustainability coordinators, nonprofits and parents for a first-of-its-kind forum on healthy, climate-friendly food service. This cost-effective approach focuses on plant-forward menus, reduced food waste and innovative educational and student engagement strategies. The event is designed to share best practices from across the region for improving school menus for better health outcomes and reduced climate impacts.

WHAT: Greening School Food: A Southern California Forum on Climate-Friendly Foodservice


  • Suzy Amis Cameron — founder of the Muse K-12 School and One Meal A Day for the Planet, actress, author
  • D’Artagnan Scorza — founder and executive director, Social Justice Learning Institute
  • Nancy Weiss — food service director, Santa Barbara Unified School District
  • Kirsten Roloson — assistant director of Nutrition Services, Riverside Unified School District
  • Fred Espinoza — manager of Acquisition and Production, San Diego Unified School District
  • Manish Singh — interim director of Food Services, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Kristin Hilleman — director of Food and Nutrition Services, Capistrano Unified School District
  • Kari Hamerschlag — deputy director, Food and Agriculture, Friends of the Earth
  • Paula Daniels — founder, Center for Good Food Purchasing


And more. For a complete list of presenters, see the Eventbrite page

WHERE: LAX Marriott Hotel, 5855 West Century Blvd.

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 1, 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST

Leading foodservice directors from Southern California school districts will share best practices for making shifts toward climate-friendly, plant-forward menus and waste reduction in their cafeterias. National and regional nonprofits will discuss resources and map out strategies and policy reforms that are needed for scaling up climate-friendly school food. Kicking off National Farm to School Month, this forum will build on existing local and regional efforts to make school meals healthier, local and more sustainable. A new report from Friends of the Earth, Scaling Up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food: Strategies for Success, will be featured. This forum is the second in a series of regional forums aimed at building a national movement to leverage the immense food purchasing power of schools (which serve 7 billion meals a year) to measurably reduce climate emissions.

The event is co-sponsored by One Meal a Day for the Planet, Food Forward, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Chef Anne Foundation.

Interviews are available upon request with speakers and organizers.

Communications Contacts: Erin Jensen, (202) 222-0722, ejensen@foe.org
Jen Dalton, (415) 412-8784, jen@kitchentableconsulting.com

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