Nutrition Services: Summer Meals & Farm-to-School Grant
We recognize our Nutrition Services Department for their outstanding sustained community partnerships.
Summer Meals Program
The federally funded Beaverton School District Summer Meals Program provides free, nutritious breakfasts and lunches to children ages 1-18 throughout the summer when school is out and children do not have access to school meals. There is no required registration or fees. All children in the community are welcome to a free meal, and are served on a first come, first served basis.
The Nutrition Services Department partners with THPRD and apartment complexes to provide meals to students where they are during the summer. In addition to several of the District's elementary schools, lunches are served at Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District's (THPRD) parks and recreation centers, the Police Activities League, five apartment complexes and the Southminster Church.
Not only food is served up during the Summer Meals Program, there are many fun and educational activities for kids to participate in as well. The Beaverton School District partners with the THPRD Rec Mobile to offer kids the opportunity to participate in activities like arts & crafts, sports, games and more.
Additionally, the Oregon Zoo offers a petting zoo three times during the summer; Kaiser Permanente, in partnership with the Oregon Children's Theatre, presents Smarty Pants, a fun, interactive game show for all ages; the Oregon State University Nutrition Education Service of Washington County will provide nutrition education for children and parents at various schools; and the Beaverton City Library offers Story Time in Beaverton and Eichler Parks.
The Oregon Farm-to-School Grant provides approximately $125,000 to spend on foods that are grown and processed in Oregon. The Nutrition Services Department collaborates with local farms and organizations so that Oregon farmers and manufacturers are able to provide food for Beaverton School District meals. One farm in particular, Adelante Mujeres provides aspiring Latino farmers with the training and skills to grow produce using sustainable methods and to successfully market their products.
This school year, the Farm-to-School program has provided:
- Five varieties of organic apples
- Two varieties of organic pears
- Two varieties of grapes, watermelon, red leaf and romaine lettuce, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, canary melon, kiwi, corn on the cob, radishes, zucchini, colored cauliflower, purple potatoes, beets, tomatoes, carrots, mini sweet peppers and lemon cucumbers
- Frozen fruits and vegetables
- Processed vegetables like chili lime bean dip cups and hummus cups
- Vegetarian lasagna
- Dried cranberries