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Mission-Driven Cafe: When Doing the Wrong Thing is the Right Thing To Do

American Alliance of Museums Blog
April 1, 2019

If your primary goal is to have a food operation that contributes to your bottom line, hiring a contract food-service company is the right thing to do. But what if your vision for your café goes beyond seeing it as a profit center? Marilee Jennings, the executive director of Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, ultimately wanted the cafe to align with the museum's mission. With the encouragement and support of her board, she embarked on a journey of change. Read More

General Museum, Health Promotion

Executive Director Marilee Jennings On Diversity & Inclusion with SV Business Journal

Silicon Valley Business Journal
November 16, 2018

On any given day in the museum, you'll hear numerous languages being spoken. The museum's audience mirrors the tremendous diversity in the Bay Area. This is no accident. It's the result of years of intentional work that includes everything from the Cultural Celebration Series, tri-lingual signage, staffing decisions, and exhibits and programs to deeply held community partnerships. Read More

Community Service Learning, Creativity through the Arts, Early Childhood Development, Environmental Stewardship, Exhibition Development, General Museum, Health Promotion, Inclusion & Cultural Competence, Learning Research, Partnerships & Resource Development, Science Learning

Museum Ditches Sodas, French Fries, and Hot Dogs

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
June 1, 2016

The beautifully transformed cafe, FoodShed, is now aligned with the museum's strategic commitment, Childhood Obesity Prevention, and healthy eating and active living goals. Read More

Early Childhood Development, Health Promotion

Children Become Little Scientists in Science + You Exhibit

October 9, 2017

Thanks to support from AbbVie Foundation, kids can become little scientists and discover the world of science in a fun, hands-on way. The exhibit offers a child-sized laboratory where kids can learn about working in a clean environment as they prepare to put on a lab coat and explore the role science plays in keeping the body healthy. The exhibit features tips about healthy eating and active living with plenty of role-playing including making nutritious soup in the "Test Kitchen," learning how antibodies help defeat germs, handling materials safely using the "Glovebox," and getting a magnified view of both natural and man-made objects using the "Wentzscope," and more! Read More

Early Childhood Development, Health Promotion, Science Learning

Kids Food Festival 2017

February 21, 2017

Fun with food. Kids and families will enjoy healthy eating and active living activities as part of the museum's Obesity Prevention initiative. The museum piloted the West Coast festival in 2016 with NY based The Creative Kitchen. This launched a national partnership with Parents and Family Fun Magazines and the Association of Children's Museums. Read More

Early Childhood Development, Health Promotion

Cafe Now Aligned with Mission and Obesity Prevention Initiative

The Mercury News
March 6, 2016

FoodShed, the beautifully re-imagined cafe, is the latest education space to open at the museum. The new eatery offers fresh, wholesome and delicious food that supports the museum's healthy eating and active living goals and also serves as an education space for related programs. Read More

Health Promotion

Food Entrepreneur Sam Kass Dedicates FoodShed

February 17, 2016

Former White House Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition and Chef Sam Kass dedicates FoodShed as a new educational space for healthy eating, declaring the end of sodas, pizza and hot dogs at the museum. Read More

Early Childhood Development, Health Promotion