Category Archives: Food

School Meals Will Never Be The Same In Western Nevada County

Written by: Lauren Valentino, FoodCorps Service Member with Sierra Harvest 

*Originally posted on Sierra Harvest’s website

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Theresa Ruiz, Food Service Director for Nevada Joint Union High School District preparing a new salad recipe at the California Thursdays Training in San Diego, CA.

If you were tasked with redefining school lunch in California, where would you begin? Nevada County based non-profit Sierra Harvest and the Food Service Directors from Nevada Joint Union, Grass Valley and Twin Ridges School Districts have made notable achievements in procuring locally grown specialty vegetables, placing salad bars in the lunch lines, removing soda machines, and replacing some processed foods with scratch-cooked meals. None of these improvements happened over night; in fact, changing the face of school food in Nevada County has been a work in progress for years requiring a great deal of determination. This Spring, efforts to increase the fresh, local, food offered in school meals will be significantly expanded through an innovative state-wide campaign with one simple mission: to serve kids healthy meals made with California grown ingredients on Thursdays.  Continue reading

Youth Gardens Help Feed Families in Aftermath of Butte Fire

 

September 2015 049 (1)Written by: Kevin Hesser, Co-Founder of Gardens to Grow In and CFSN Mother Lode Co-Regional Lead  

*Originally posted on The Union Democrat

So many people and organizations have stepped up these last two in weeks as the Butte Fire burned more than 70,000 acres in Calaveras and Amador Counties, destroying over 500 houses and evacuating thousands from their homes for days on end.   Continue reading

Pittsburg, California: Bringing the Farm into Summer

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