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. To learn more about the Farm to School program and our partnership with the Corvallis Environmental Center, click HERE.

In 2016, our program was recognized as a One in a Melon Award Winner in the state of Oregon.  Ten of our thirteen schools participate in Farm to School activities at all grade levels. 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 is 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.  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, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.

To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax:  202-690-7442
Email:  program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.