It Has To Be Me Episode


Amber Stott

Episode #5: June 6th, 2024


"We see the change every single day with our kids in terms of what they’re eating. 50% of Americans are sick because of what they are eating. We can prevent this if we can get to our kids."

Amber Stott

CEO of Food Literacy Center

"It's not just about the success of me and just about the success of Food Literacy Center, but how we are building systems so that other people can replicate this work."

Amber Stott

CEO of Food Literacy Center

“You’ll never know unless you try it. And, the best time to start is today!”

Amber Stott

CEO of Food Literacy Center

“Ignore the No’s and focus on the next Yes. I never, ever hear the no. I'm simply hearing I didn't present it to you in the way that you'll say yes to right now."

Amber Stott

CEO of Food Literacy Center

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” - Proverb

Amber Stott

CEO of Food Literacy Center


  • Amber Stott, founder and CEO of Food Literacy Center, shares her passion for community service, combating childhood obesity, and getting kids excited to grow, cook, and enjoy healthy food. 

  • We get inside Amber’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Get” philosophy of taking risks, seizing opportunities, telling your story, and achieving goals by collaborating with others. 

  • Amber emphasizes how embracing “failure” and leveraging the lessons that come in difficult experiences can be the path to success.  

  • She talks about the challenge of prioritizing your health while staying committed to your mission, and the importance of mentorship, delegating, and empowering others so you spend time on the tasks that make a difference.  

  • Join us and Amber’s story will get you fired up to create positive change in your community. 


  • The best time to pursue your dreams is now.

  • Take action to create positive change in your community.

  • Welcome change as a catalyst to making a difference.  

  • Embrace failure as fuel for your success.

  • Saying “No” makes room for the right “Yes.”

  • Clarify your priorities and improve productivity with time audits.

  • Mentor and empower your team so they take ownership of the mission.

  • Keep telling your story and invite others to be part of it.


Amber Stott is a food activist and writer who devised and articulated the concept of food literacy, and founded Food Literacy Center in Sacramento.

This nonprofit teaches kids to grow, cook, and eat their vegetables.

One of California’s largest school districts built a state-of-the-art cooking school based on Amber’s design.

To heighten awareness of food literacy, Amber lobbied the California state government to designate every September Food Literacy Month.

She was instrumental in creating a Farm-To-School program within California’s Food and Agriculture Department.

Working with the Sacramento Food Film Festival, Amber uses food documentaries to combine public education and hands-on culinary experiences.

Through her “Raising Kale” podcast, book, and TEDx talk, Amber inspires listeners to improve the quality of life in their community with better food education.