Oakland Fresh School Produce Markets
Oakland Fresh School Produce Markets is a program of Oakland Unified School District, (OUSD) Nutrition Services and was created in partnership with the East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC), to build a school-based local food system that increases access to fresh, healthy and affordable food for Oakland residents and promotes healthy school environments for our children and families.
Oakland Fresh is a network of school produce markets throughout OUSD that sell fresh, mostly locally grown and pesticide-free fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, honey and other healthy foods at public schools. More than 70% of students at these schools qualify for free/reduced school meals, and the schools are located in neighborhoods that have an abundance of liquor stores and corner stores. Produce is purchased from local family farmers and produce distributors, and sold by parents and students during after-school hours every week at each school site. Oakland Fresh School Produce Markets are open to parents, students, staff and community residents, and also accept EBT food stamps. All school produce markets offer monthly cooking demonstrations and tastings, a Student Buyer Card program, and a Market-to-Classroom Lesson Toolkit for teachers.