On September 3rd, a new program called the Food Literacy Book Club will launch in order to spread awareness and 00-00-06-22-69-84-6226984_1819513community involvement regarding health and nutrition.  The program, which is run by the California Food Literacy Center, will be open to all community members interested in monthly, health-oriented discussions held in various restaurants around Sacramento.

The California Food Literacy Center, a non-profit organization founded by Amber Stott, is devoted to the spread of health-oriented knowledge throughout the state. The organization is run largely by volunteers and strives to “inspire change today for a healthy, sustainable tomorrow through enduring community food education.” (californiafoodliteracy.org)

“Our mission is to educate folks about our food system, specifically… [by] teaching cooking, nutrition, and where it is our food comes from.  The ultimate hope, the way we definite food literacy, is understanding the impact of food choices on your health, the environment, and community,” says Amber Stott, Founding Executive Director of the Food Literacy Center.

The Food Literacy Book Club will feature a variety of health-oriented novels that engage community members on health.  The majority of the books focus on the sociological impact of modern-day healthy choices, epitomized by the first novel of the Book Club, “It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating.”

California Food Literacy Center Volunteer Reads "The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)" to Children

California Food Literacy Center Volunteer Reads “The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)” to Children

The Food Literacy Center encourages community members of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the Book Club, which has been created in order to help local residents connect while increasing their food literacy.  Each month, members of the Club will meet in a local “Farm-to-Fork,” style restaurant, which encourages and sustains local agriculture through the purchase of locally grown crops.

“You’re going to learn something [through health education], and quite frankly it will change the way you think about food, it will change the way you eat, and it will change our community all for the better. Knowledge is power, so the more Sacramentans… that are knowledgeable about this, the smarter [choices] we can make in our community that are going to have long-term health impacts,” Stott adds.

Scott also says that Food Literacy Book Club participants can expect a lively experience.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun.  All of the things that we do, we approach with ‘How can we make this fun?'” Stott says.  “The book club itself is going to pop from restaurant to restaurant… We really believe that you build relationships and you build community while breaking bread.   I think it’s going to be a lot of fun for folks on a social level”

For more information on the Food Literacy Book Club, click here or contact Amber Stott at amber@californiafoodliteracy.org.  To volunteer or learn more about the California Food Literacy Center, visit their website.