Pick of the Month is a collaborative effort among many entities and inspired by the national Fruits & Veggies - More Matters campaign. The purpose of the program is to encourage children and adults to eat more fruits and vegetables every day in an effort to promote healthier eating and lifestyles in both Benton and Linn Counties.
The local Pick of the Month is an initiative from the Benton County Healthy Weight and Lifestyle Coalition, Healthy Active Lebanon and Healthy Albany Partnership. The Corvallis School District and other local organizations have joined with them in an effort to build wellness and sustainability in our local communities. This includes our Farm to School program where we purchase fruits and vegetables from area farms and incorporate them into our menus and salad bars in all of the schools.
Members from this group meet annually to choose seasonal fruits and vegetables which can be supplied by local farmers, if possible. We strive to not have an item come back on the list for at least 3 years, so we can promote variety. As a group, we agree on a particular fruit or vegetable to be used in any way we decide, which creates a unified message throughout the two counties. Each month we highlight the chosen produce in our school menus.
One of the programs we have recently developed to promote the Pick of the Month, is our store poster campaign. Every month a new poster will be put up in the produce section of many of our local stores in Corvallis and Philomath. Safeway, Albertson's, Richey's Market, Fred Meyer, First Alternative, and Philomath Thriftway have all come on board to promote Pick of the Month and encourage customers to eat fresh produce. Our posters have interesting information of the chosen produce along with an easy recipe. Click on the link to the left to see our current poster. Past posters will be available under the Archive section.
We will continue to build our Pick of the Month program in the schools and the community in our effort to promote healthy eating and lifestyles.
Sharon Gibson, Director of Food and Nutrition Services
Marv Newcombe, Food Service Supervisor
Kathy Adair, Administrative Assistant, O.A.
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