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Food Literacy Center

Food Literacy Center

The COVID pandemic has changed a lot for Food Literacy Center. Our solutions today are not static. We are responding as the world around us rapidly changes. We have a series of approaches that meet immediate needs, while continuing to focus any energy we have left on designing a world that offers something better-a safe, healthy space ( our coming cooking school) that will be ready for kids and families when we come out on the other side of this crisis.

Below are descriptions of current programs with volunteer opportunities:

Veggie Recipe Kits
While there are other programs where they can get a hot meal or boxes of groceries, our kits are designed to include all the ingredients to make a healthy meal for four. SCUSD Nutrition Services purchases the food. Donors like Whole Foods Market and Safeway Foundation help fund our outreach and time to distribute kits to families. We distribute them one per family at elementary schools in South Sacramento during school lunch distribution. For some families that lack transportation, we’re also driving the kits to their homes.

Community Connections 95820
A social worker at one of our Oak Park elementary schools has identified dozens of families that are food insecure and lack transportation to access traditional food distributions. She set up a community pantry at Ephraim Williams Family Life Center. She reached out to Food Literacy Center to help. As one of the nonprofits partnering on the project, our role is to provide food safety oversight and training, food sourcing, budgeting and meal planning, evaluation design, and volunteer coordination. Every week, we arrange for food pickups from the food bank, then pack boxes of healthy food. We work with Root 64, a South Sacramento farm, to design recipes with their fresh produce. Pro Youth and Families provides staff and support. Together, we drive groceries and recipes kits to 33 families (including 98 kids) in Oak Park each week.

Become a volunteer by filling out the New Volunteer Form: https://www.foodliteracycenter.org/form/new-volunteer-form

To learn more about more volunteer opportunities, please email volunteer@foodliteracycenter.org.

More opportunities with Food Literacy Center

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Food Literacy Center


2973 3rd Avenue, SACRAMENTO, CA 95817, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. We teach low-income elementary children cooking and nutrition to improve our health, environment, and economy.


In Classroom Opportunities (September - May):

- South Sacramento region, after school program

- Food preparation

- Dishwashing

- Setup/clean cafeteria

- Classroom management & engagement

At the Food Literacy Center office (Seasonal):

- Mailing

- Gardening

In the Community (Year-round):

- Sacramento Food Film Festival

- Events

- Fairs & tabling

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


South SacramentoSacramento, CA 95817



  • General Education
  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Nutrition
  • Community Outreach




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 16

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