On September 18th, 2019, construction began on the new Food Literacy Center at Leataata Floyd Elementary School. The Floyd Elementary Food Literacy Program has been operating out of a small rental building since 2011, and the dedicated center has been in development since 2012.
The finished center will provide daily access to food education for the 330 students at Floyd Elementary as part of their day-to-day school curriculum, however will also host after-school programs that are open to students in other SCUSD schools.
The center will include a prep kitchen and dedicated training space for students and volunteers to learn to prepare healthy meals. Additionally, the facility will be the site of cooking classes, field trips, and other programs open to the public. The grounds of the center will span 2.5 acres that will in part comprise gardens managed by volunteers, as well as Floyd Elementary students as part of their nutrition education curriculum.
The first building under construction is referred to by the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) as the ‘Zero Net Energy building’, with the aim of offsetting building energy usage with energy-saving solar technology.
The Food Literacy Center is expected to open in 2020, and is a project in collaboration with local businesses such as The Mill Coffee on Broadway, Sellands Family Restaurant, and the Sun and Soil Juice Company, as well as other sponsors such as Clover Sonoma, the Setzer Foundation, Cobram Estates, FleishmanHillard, the Confucius Institute at UC Davis, Stacy and Galvin Kauffman, and Visit Sacramento. For more information, visit https://www.foodliteracycenter.org.