About the Campaign

Powered by School Food Professionals is a first-of-its-kind public-education campaign that puts a spotlight on the skill, creativity and commitment of School Food Professionals working to improve school meals for kids across California.

Over the course of a year, the campaign will take Californians behind-the-scenes to show how these professionals are planning, preparing and cooking fresher, healthier, tastier meals for more kids across the state. We hope this California-based campaign will inspire other states to take steps to highlight these workers supporting students with delicious, high-quality meals.

Powered by School Food Professionals is managed by 501(c)(3) nonprofit Chef Ann Foundation through a grant provided by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and in partnership with the State of California. This effort has received tremendous support and guidance from a steering committee comprised of California-based leaders across school food, labor, education, agriculture, nonprofits and philanthropy. 

Steering Committee

Thank you to the following committee members who have advised this campaign for their tremendous insights, knowledge and leadership:

  • Nick Anicich

    California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Karen Brown

    Center for Ecoliteracy
  • Kim Frinzell

    California Department of Education
  • Erin Hickey*

    California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
  • Nora LaTorre*

    Eat Real
  • Charisse Lebron

    Fahr Family Office and Office of Kat Taylor
  • Natalie Linden

    Eat Real
  • Justin Onwenu

    One Fair Wage
  • Katherine Paseman*

    One Fair Wage
  • Lillian Riesenfeld

  • Florence Simpson

    Los Angeles Unified School District – Food Services
  • Eric Span

    Sweetwater Union High School District – Food Services
  • Pharris Treskunoff

    California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
  • Becky Woodman

    Klamath Trinity Joint Unified School District – Food Services
*Former committee members

Get the Scoop

Sign up for the latest on school food in California.