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Webinar Coming in April! Climate-Friend, Plant-Based Meals in Educational Setting

We have an educational webinar coming up at the end of April! We're excited to host this webinar focused on climate-friendly, plant-based meals in educational settings with Friends of the Earth.

About the Webinar

Join us and Friends of the Earth to learn about climate-friendly, plant-based meals, how they can be prepared and served in educational settings, and what popular recipes are most appealing to kids! We also want to hear about your experiences and thoughts about serving plant-based CACFP meals in child care settings. Is it hard to implement with the current meal pattern? Would you be interested in learning more about popular, culturally appropriate plant-based resources and recipes to implement? What kind of resources would be helpful for your menu development? Register now and join us for a learning opportunity and group discussion.

Date: April 26, 2022

Time: 2:00 p.m. pacific standard time

About the Presenters

Nora Stewart, Climate-Friendly School Food Manager, Friends of the Earth

Nora Stewart is the Manager of the California Climate-Friendly School Food Program at Friends of the Earth and is passionate about leading innovative initiatives to offer healthy, climate-friendly, plant-based and plant-forward food in schools. Nora earned her BA in Sociology and Public Health from Pitzer College and worked in various positions including as a Chef Instructor with Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and as Community Health Manager with the American Heart Association to build robust school garden and kids cooking initiatives. In her former role with CHIP’s Farm to Institution Center, Nora facilitated collaborative groups around farm to school, hospital food service, and sustainable farming business practices. Now, Nora leads climate-friendly school food initiatives across the state of California to add more plant-based, organic meals onto school menus. Nora currently lives in San Diego, California, and her hobbies include vegetarian/vegan cooking, hiking, and exploring nearby tidepools.

Lucy Hicks, Climate-Friendly, Plant-Based School Nutrition Consultant, Friends of the Earth

Lucy Hicks is the Climate Friendly Plant-Based School Nutrition Consultant for Friends of the Earth. Lucy has 30+ years of experience working in many different school nutrition settings. She was the Chief Business Official at Lagunitas Elementary School District for 9 years with many accomplishments including: 9 Critical Hardship Grants from California Department of Education for old and out of date district campuses, establishment and oversite of a $10 million general obligation bond, one of the first SHAPE districts in California, establishment of a working school garden that contributed to the school lunch program, and securing an ongoing Healthy Start grant from CDE. Lucy was the School Nutrition Campaign Coordinator for California Food Policy Advocates (currently Nourish CA) from 2000-08, promoting Provision 2 and School Breakfast Options statewide through a USDA grant. She was the Resident District Manager at San Francisco USD while working for Preferred Meals from 2011-19. She has overseen many school finance and school nutrition projects for school districts throughout the state. Lucy resides in Fairfield and enjoys cooking, gardening, swimming, and spending time with her 2 adult children.


The CACFP Roundtable is committed to fostering a community of leaders who work together to build equitable access to the Child and Adult Care Food Program and nutritious meals in care settings. Your support goes toward programs and advocacy that help us get closer to ensuring everyone has the right to nutritious meals and making the CACFP an even better Food Program for all.


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