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Written by: Matthew Belasco, Director of Child Nutrition Services with Pittsburg Unified School District

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PUSD Food Services Department sold fresh affordable produce from the district's school gardens.

Here in Pittsburg, fresh, healthy, California-sourced meals don’t stop for the summer. All summer long, Pittsburg Unified School District (PUSD) provides free summer meals to children and teens.

By providing free meals at local parks, libraries, schools, community centers, and churches, PUSD ensures that students who rely on school lunch during the school year have access to nutritious meals for the summer. The program is part of USDA’s Seamless Summer Meals program, which provides free meals to children ages 0-18 when school’s out for the summer. ...continue reading

Written by: Chelsea Sarg, FoodCorps Service Member with Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) North Coast 
foodcorps_8463_27055_2015_May_21_11229283_987881474568971_8022309427253702193_n                                                                                                One of the most important lessons I have learned as a Foodcorps service member this past year is the importance of partnerships. The basis of a Foodcorps position is a partnership in itself; I serve as the Foodcorps service member for the non-profit, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), which serves their farmer members and local schools. That's a mouthful for the usually 20 seconds I have to explain to parents or farmers what it is that "I do." But it's not all for naught; these partnerships mean I can work across a large spectrum of subjects and with a variety of people...continue reading

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Harvest of the Month (HOTM) isn’t a prescribed model; one size fits all type of program. It’s a basic framework of information organized in an easy to adapt format. It’s an educational tool used to teach students about nutrition, healthy lifestyle habits and the food system through exposure to locally grown and sourced fruits and vegetables. The HOTM initiative from the California Department of Public Health features 36 California grown fruits and vegetables on their website. Through the produce newsletters, Educators Corner and Training Corner, your HOTM program has all the support it needs to get off the ground.

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Welcome reception to the first, and hopefully biennial, California Farm to School Conference.

From May 4 – 6, 2015, nearly 300 farmers, school food service, advocates, vendors, and more gathered in Pacific Grove, CA, for the first California Farm to School Conference. Held in Julia Morgan designed buildings at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds on the Monterey Bay coast, conference attendees had the opportunity to experience a variety of activities from field trips to engaging presentations. ...continue reading

Shannon_McDowell After receiving a B.S. in Dietetics from her home state university, University of Vermont, FoodCorps Service Member Shannon McDowell moved west to serve a year with the  Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) -- formerly, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP) -- in Chico, CA. Dedicated to providing youth and community members with nutrition education, Shannon is supporting her service site through its Harvest of the Month program by sourcing and preparing an upwards of 5,000 tastings per month. Read on to learn about how Shannon has helped support and spearhead Harvest of the Month in the North Valley region. 

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Emily_MetzgerPrior to joining FoodCorps and serving her home county in Calaveras, Emily Metzger received a BA in Elementary Education at Westmont College and then spent a 2 year stint traveling across the nation working on organic farms. Now as a FoodCorps service member, Emily is teaching classes at elementary schools in Calaveras and supporting FFA at the local high school while also simultaneously supporting her family farm. Read on to learn how Emily is making the connection from her family farm to the school cafeteria and classroom. 

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