The Conscious Kitchen has partnered with the Sausalito Marin City School district to become the nation's first school district to serve 100% organic and non-gmo meals
Sausalito-based nonprofit Turning Green launched The Conscious Kitchen pilot program in August 2013 in partnership with Justin Everett, Executive Chef of Cavallo Point Lodge, the Sausalito Marin City School District, Whole Foods Market and Good Earth Natural Foods. The pilot served 156 students at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City, a low-income community located five miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. In two years, the program resulted in a steep decrease in disciplinary cases, increased attendance and a greater sense of community. As a result of this success, The Conscious Kitchen expanded to serve Willow Creek Academy, the second school site in the Sausalito Marin City School District in August 2015.
The Conscious Kitchen rethinks school food based on five foundational terms: Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonal, and Non-GMO. All food is organic and non-GMO, and more than 90 percent of all produce is sourced from local farmers and purveyors.
This program is the first to take a stand against GMOs, or genetically modified organisms.While the long-term effects of GMOs are still uncertain, a growing body of evidence links GMOs to a variety of health risks and environmental damage. An estimated 80 percent of items on most supermarket shelves contain GMOs, and thus they are ubiquitous in school food programs.
The Conscious Kitchen is dedicated to a systemic transformation of school dining, to the health and wellness of our children and to a thriving future for our planet.