Conscious Kitchen

Caralee Ellis
Spring 2022

Conscious Kitchen is a local nonprofit that aims to address food equity, education, and access by working with school districts to shift their food services from conventional to Fresh Local Organic Seasonal and Nutritious (FLOSN). My work with CK included creating a comprehensive cost analysis of all the scratch-cooked organic meals served at West Contra Costa Unified School District. This was done to determine the cost per serving of each meal in an effort to prove their affordability and was followed with recipe development to reduce
costs of the most expensive meals and introduce four new seasonal salads. There is so much opportunity for climate mitigation through food systems, especially at the institutional scale, so I love that this program works so hard to create demand for this shift in an accessible way

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