New Legislation Expands Farm to School Program
Oregon is the FIRST state to award Farm to School funds to ALL schools. A total of $4.5 million dollars for the 2015-17 biennium. Representative Brian Clem, along with other Farm to School advocates, worked very hard to show the importance of the funding for all schools in our state. The other piece of this exciting news is that there is no grant application necessary. Districts just opt in and agree to follow the program rules. Funding is no longer restricted to just lunch, either. We can now expand to our other meal offerings, such as breakfast, snack, after-school meals and summer meal programs.
Another facet of this legislation provides for educational efforts to encourage and teach children about healthy food choices, learn about the food they are eating, and build excitement for trying new foods. This part of the program will be on a competitive grant system. We currently already have an education program in place through the Corvallis Environmental Center and Food Corp.
Corvallis School District Food and Nutrition Services has been purchasing local foods from its inception, however, the recent Farm to School grant funding has enabled us to purchase a higher percentage of our food items locally. Last biennium, we were the recipients of a $70,000 grant which provided local products and nutritional education to our district students. We have always believed that local foods are best as part of our commitment to provide healthy, tasty meals to our students and we are excited to continue providing this program.
Parents! Are you looking for a part-time job while your child is in school? Have you thought of a rewarding job in Food Service? Work during the school day and have the same days off as your child. Positions are now available. To see job descriptions and to apply, click HERE.
Summer Meal Program is in Full Swing!
Can you believe it? School is over for the summer. This means summer activities start, whether at camp, vacation, or just taking a well-earned break. As we do every year, we provide summer meals at various locations around the area, free of charge to ALL children 18 years of age and under. This program is made possible through the USDA and ODE and we partner with many community organizations, such as: Corvallis Parks and Rec, OSU KidSpirit, Osborn Aquatic Center, Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, Benton County Library in Corvallis and Philomath, PYAC, and many more. By partnering with these organizations and others, you can be assured your child is having fun and getting a nutritious meal, at the same time. These meals are free to all children, regardless of household income. All meals must be eaten on site as part of the government regulations for the program. Parents may purchase a breakfast for $2.00 or lunch for only $3.50. Make the summer meal program a part of your summer plans. For more information, click the link to the lower right on Summer Meal Program. We hope to see you there!
Informative Video on School Lunches
School lunches are getting healthier all the time. Check out this great VIDEO that talks about what is happening. Corvallis School District has always been one of the state leaders in providing healthier meals for students, from offering full salad bars in every school, local produce, lowering sugar, salt and fat in our food offerings, low fat meats and cheeses, and so much more. We are also one of approximately three districts in the state which still have our own bakers so that our muffins, rolls and other items are made fresh with local flour and other ingredients so our students receive the best quality product possible.. Our Farm to School Program is also considered a model program in the state, which includes monthly tasting tables, classroom activities, and more. While USDA continues to make changes in nationwide school meals, you can be confident that we are leaders in school nutrition.
Student and Adult Wellness
Check out this latest School Wellness Newsletter filled with lots of information and even a fun recipe! For those of you who are curious about the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, here is an interesting post you may want to check out. Lots of good information on both topics.
We update menus on this website after lunch on the last school day of each month so that you can see what is available. We are hoping to have our printed annual Elementary Menu Calendar back from the printers, soon, so we can get those out to parents. We are very sorry for the delay.
Oregon Farm to School Program Ranked Highest in Nation
That's right, according to the first ever USDA Farm to School Census, two-thirds of all Oregon school districts are purchasing and providing local foods for their students to eat. The Corvallis School District Food Service Department has been purchasing and serving local foods for years, adding new farmers to our list of suppliers every year. We even use produce from our various school gardens. For more information on this latest poll, click HERE.
Local Foods Offered Daily
Corvallis School District Food and Nutrition Services has been working hard to increase the amount of local foods offered daily to students. Dairy products come from Lochmead Dairy. Many of the fruits and vegetables offered in meals and on school salad bars come from local area farms, and we use flour from local mills. Our Farm to School program continues to open more avenues to purchase local products to benefit our students in order to offer even healthier meals. The health and nutrition of our area students is of utmost importance and we value the partnerships we have created with our local farms and vendors. To learn more about the Farm to School program, click HERE.
School Meals Encouraging Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains
You may have heard that there are new requirements for school meals. Most of these new rules began in school year 2012-2013. The Corvallis School District Nutrition Services Department has already been making changes before they were required.
Currently, school meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. School lunches have met additional standards requiring:
· Students to have ½ cup of fruit and/or vegetables and offered another 1/2 cup on their tray for it count as a full meal.
· A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes will be required.
· More whole grains
· Separate age-appropriate calorie limits for 3 grade groups; K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
· Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
· Less sodium
We’re always working to offer students healthier and tastier choices. We have expanded our Farm to School Program, so fresh, local fruits and vegetables are on our salad bars and part of our breakfast and lunch offerings and Tasting Tables encourage students to try a different fruit or vegetable every month, sometimes in a new way. You can help our efforts by encouraging your children to try new things at home and at school. Also consider joining your student for lunch or breakfast to see what is new.
School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families too! We even have a convenient way for parents to check their child’s meal account online.
We look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria this fall. To find out more about the healthy school meals we offer, please explore our Food Service website. To get additional facts about school meals visit www.TrayTalk.org.
Healthy Meals = Healthy Kids
We are not the same Food Service you may have experienced as a child. Those single-choice meals have changed in favor of offering several choices where students can have a nutritious meal that fits their tastes. School meals are healthier while having great taste.
Check out our website! You will find lots of great information, including the current month's menu calendar, Catering information, Free & Reduced meal applications and guidelines, Helpful Health and Nutrition resources, Staff contact information, and more.
Our schools serve nutritious meals daily that meet requirements established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is the intent of Congress and this district (through our choice to participate in the Federal School Meal Program) that nutritious meals be available to all school children. Income guidelines are set by the federal program from which we determine if families qualify for meals either free or at a reduced price.
For more program information, click here.
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