What's new at OUSD Nutrition Services?
 
Today, one in four Oakland children does not have access to affordable, nutritious food. The San Francisco Chronicle looks at our efforts to end this pattern of deprivation and ensure that all OUSD students have access to healthy meals! (PDF version of article available here)
 
Parents, do you have questions about the OUSD Wellness Policy? Get all the details as well as resources here.   
 
We're making headway on our new Central Kitchen, Urban Farm and Education Center!  Anticipated completion date is May, 2017.  
Check out our new website for all the details. 
[Remember that it's thanks to Oakland voters that this is all possible. Measure J, the bond proposition on the November 6th, 2012 ballot aimed at improving the quality of Oakland schools and school facilities, passed with flying colors!  It needed a supermajority 55% of votes to pass and it received an astonishing 84%. The measure earmarks $44 million for school food facilities improvements that will change for the better how we work and serve food to our students!] 
 
Our Oakland Fresh School Produce Markets opened the week of September 14th.
Markets feature mostly locally grown and pesticide-free fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, honey and other healthy foods at public schools throughout the district. They are open to parents, students, staff and community residents, and also accept EBT food stamps. Visit a market near you this week (markets listed in black are open while sites in grey will open shortly)
 
Our California Thursdays initiative kicked off on September 19th and run for the rest of the school year! 
 
Did you know that all OUSD elementary meals are meatless on Mondays?  Learn more about Meatless Mondays here 
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Our program was recently featured on the PBS News Hour national broadcast.  Yep, we made national news! Take a look!
 
Making the Case is a great video from our partners at Center for Ecoliteracy.  Check it out to learn how school meals benefit student health & academic success, and the local economy. 
 
This is Nutrition Services today!
 
Want to know more about the history of the school meal program and how OUSD is on the cutting edge?  Take a look.
 
We're always looking towards the future, but we're also very proud of how far we've come.  Check out the recent years of innovation at Nutrition Services!
 
Sarah Ting, one of our amazing Food Corps members, was selected to join First Lady Michelle Obama to help plant the sixth consecutive White House Kitchen Garden!  Congratulations Sarah!
 
We're partnering with Food Shift to keep food out of landfills and get it into the hands of people who need it. Check out this video!
 
We're so thrilled to announce that we have been awarded grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers!
 
Check out video of our own Donnie Barclift; he's been named a School Health Hero!
 
Our students love when chicken is on the menu, and we think they deserve to eat the BEST chicken possible. Read about how we're making that happen
 
Are you concerned about certain allergens in school food? We've got you covered. You can download complete allergen information in the Menu Nutrition Information section. (See toolbar to the left)
 
Some of our amazing staff, representing Oakland as "Team Garden Fresh", took the Bronze Medal in the Chop-Ed Challenge at a recent California School Nutrition conference. Check out video of the competition!
 
We're moving forward with comprehensive reform of our district wide school food system network!  Check out the concept paper featuring the plans for a central kitchen, urban farm, and education center - state-of-the-art green facilities that will be a model for the nation.
 
A  Food Research and Action Center report states that we increased our breakfast participation rates by over 11% since the 2010-2011 school year.  We're proud of our efforts and will continue to provide "the most important meal of the day" to as many students as we can.
 
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, what grade do Oakland school lunches receive? B+
 
Our own Donnie Barclift and his team won the national school recipe contest sponsored by Rachael Ray and Alliance for a Healthier Generation! Check out his recipe for Pozole con Pescado! And three cheers for Donnie!

Read about our standards and the food we want from vendors.

A two page summary of the "Rethinking School Lunch Oakland" study is now available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Cambodian, and Vietnamese on the Meal Program Improvements page.

We got lots of coverage and local love for our program improvements in light of the recent USDA changes to school food programs. Read all about it here and here.

Oakland Unified was featured in the February edition of School Food FOCUS. We're so excited and proud!

On January 25th, Michelle Obama helped unveil the USDA's new standards for school meals. Learn more about the changes here.

Our Director, Jennifer LeBarre was named a "Health Hero" by the California Endowment!  Read all about it in Oakland Local.






 
 
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Last Modified on December 30, 2015
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