Farm to School Program

We have been offering local fruits and vegetables in our school meals and salad bars for over twenty years.

Local Foods Offered Daily

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 are of utmost importance and we value the partnerships we have created with our local farms and vendors.

Every school benefits from our Farm to School program at all grade levels, including Tasting Tables, School Gardens in utilizing some of their available produce, and classroom education. Approximately $1 of every $4 in food costs is spent on local foods (including milk).

Meals Include Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains

Our 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 meet additional standards requiring:

  • ½ cup of fruit and/or vegetables and another ½ cup on the meal tray to be considered a full meal
  • a wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
  • more whole grains
  • separate, age-appropriate calorie limits for three grade groups; K-5, 6-8, and 9-12
  • fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
  • less sodium

Our staff develop lunch menus on an annual basis and are constantly developing new menu items.  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.  You can help by encouraging your child 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 look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria!

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
    [email protected]


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.