We are proud to serve Oregon Grown Products in our cafeterias.
In October we celebrated Oregon Farmers and the fresh, local foods they bring to our cafeterias.
With our first ever "Big Apple Crunch" event at Nancy Ryles, Beaver Acres, and Fir Grove Elementaries, staff, students, teachers and administrators shared a healthy snack together and created a memorable experience around eating healthy.
Our Farm to School Program increases student's awareness of, access to, and knowledge about Oregon-grown fresh fruits and vegetables.
We will continue to offer Oregon grown fresh and minimally processed foods throughout the school year.
October's Big Apple Crunch!
In celebration of National Farm to School Month, we selected three elementary schools to join us in participating in our first ever "Big Apple Crunch". Nancy Ryles, Beaver Acres and Fir Grove Schools, all joined in the fun to promote eating local, students wellness, Oregon agriculture and to celebrate our farmers. All students and staff at each school were presented local, organic apples from Hood River Organics in Oregon. With a short introduction to the kids about the importance of eating healthy and the impact farmers have on our community, we moved to the fun part! With a countdown from 3,2,1 we all crunched down on a juicy apple and shared a healthy snack together. Our hope was that this event would be a memorable one for each student, and that the gathering would instill a memory of sharing a special time in October with friends and teachers. A big THANK YOU goes out to Hood River Organic for the beautiful, juicy apples! Being that the event was successful, we are planning to repeat the event next school year with three additional sites. Think Local, Practice Eating Healthy!
Farm to School Program
Nutrition Services is commited to purchasing local food items from Oregon and Washington in an effort to ensure better overall food quality with increased nutritional benefits. Last school year, we spent a good chunk of change on local purchases; $1,096,335.00 to be exact.
We believe that our local purchases have helped to stimulate the local and regional economies, and have improved our student's health and nutrition by increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables purchased from area farmers. The quality has been superb!
Recent Local Purchases
Terra Nova Student Farmers sample their harvest and share important growing information with Bonny Slope students
Visit our INSTAGRAM Page
USDA Farm to School Fact Sheets
Our Farm to School Partnership with Eco-Trust of Portland - "Connecting small and mid-size farmers with large institutions like schools is a major thrust of Ecotrust's food and farms work. In our farm to school work, we partner with a wide range of school districts, focusing on low-income schools and preschools to ensure that all children have access to healthy, local food. And we advocate for policies that strengthen Oregon’s agricultural economy and create local jobs." Follow the link below for additional information on the great work that they are doing statewide.
During the summer, local farms/farmer markets can supply us with many different varieties of fresh produce. Wondering where to go to find healthy, kid friendly recipes to incorporate these beautiful fruits and veggies into your meal plan? Check out the OSU Extension Service's FOOD HERO Website for exciting recipes that have been kid tested! Their website also has links to some great coloring sheets and monthly electronic magazines to keep your kids busy all summer!
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