Conscious Kitchen addresses food equity, education, and access by shifting the paradigm around school food service, while cultivating a local, ecological food system, and building nutrition literacy into meals. CK is now meeting rising student and community need amid Covid-19 by cooking and delivering hot, nutritious meals and fresh, organic produce with the same ethics, values and deep commitment to the health and wellbeing of people and planet.
Through a collaborative, replicable approach, CK partners with schools and communities to break the cycle of packaged, overly processed food, transitioning to chef-prepared, scratch-cooked meals created in on-site low-waste kitchens, based on five foundational attributes: fresh, local, organic, seasonal and nutritious. Once built, schools own and operate their Conscious Kitchens as hubs for community resilience.
A Glimpse Inside Conscious Kitchen
Feeding children well creates healthier people. Fresh local organic food benefits land, economies and farmers. Transforming meals transforms community for the better. Conscious Kitchens work —The report shares our journey with 3 schools over the past 8 years, and a proof of concept of this values-based, climate-friendly, scratch-cooked, plant-forward, low-waste model in this just released study in collaboration with Friends of the Earth.