• Farm to School

    Since the 2009-2010 school year, we have partnered with Community Alliance of Family Farmers (CAFF) in an on-going process of community engagement with regards to improving school food for Oakland students. Thanks to a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, we were able to implement our Farm to School program which includes:

    • investigating the feasibility of contracting with local vendors that feature sustainable products
    • increasing local produce procurement
    • increasing the number of school menus that incorporate and identify local produce
    • educating school communities about the importance of local farms
    • bringing produce from Oakland Fresh School Produce Market farmers into cafeterias through produce distributors
    • working with produce distributors to source and label local produce
    • incorporating school garden grown produce into the menu
    • featuring 100% local produce in the Harvest of the Month program and a substantial amount in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable snack program