Written by: Sandy Curwood, RDN, MS, Director of Child Nutrition Services with Conejo Valley Unified School District
Director of Child Nutrition Services, Sandy Curwood, serves up a California Thursdays® recipe at the CA Farm to School Network Conference last spring.
California Thursdays® is what’s for lunch in school cafeterias across the golden state. On March 17th, 58 California school districts collectively took action showcasing the abundance of seasonal, regionally procured, delicious and nutritious foods in school cafeterias. Continue reading →
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 →
In late January, we hosted a popular webinar that celebrated the innovations of three California school foodservice directors. These directors showed great leadership in enhancing their Farm to School programs through innovations in marketing. School foodservice directors navigate a complex web of challenges when it comes to getting food on the tray – and even more so when they try to bring in more fresh, healthy, and local foods. Smart marketing helps schools gain and sustain buy-in from students, staff, and the community by communicating the benefits and the appeal of Farm to School.
We had a great time last week presenting a webinar on how Oakland Unified School District put together its robust Farm to School program by dreaming big and following through on some important projects. Even better news is that if you missed the webinar, you can still view it!