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  • 1. Portland Public Schools Nutrition ServicesGitta Grether-Sweeney, MS, RD, DirectorShannon Stember, RD, Assistant Director
  • 2. Portland Public Schools Nutrition ServicesMission: To provide students delicious, high quality and nutrient rich meals.“Audacious” Goal: Be the most successful urbanschool district, to educate palates, inspire culinarycuriosity and nourish the health of the communitythrough school
  • 3. Portland Statistics• Enrollment: 47,000 students• 45% of the students are eligible for free or reduced price meals – 42 schools 25% or less free/reduced – 40 schools 50% or greater free/reduced – 3 Provision schools (breakfast & lunch)• 85 School Cafeterias (including Head Start sites)• On-site food preparation• Central Warehouse & Distribution• Nutrition Service Employees: 260• Management Team: Six Registered Dietitians, One Masters of Public Health• 40 Edible School Gardens
  • 4. Portland Child Nutrition ProgramsNumber of Meals served per day Breakfast: 11,000 Lunch: 21,000 After School Supper: 2,000 at 32 schools Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program: 18 schools Summer Program 3,500-5,000 Head Start Programs No a la carte or vending in K-8 2008-09 State law set nutrition standards for all foods outside NSLP or SBP
  • 5. Changing School LunchFrom this… …to this! “Real Food with Local Flavors”
  • 6. Changing School Lunch Veggies ~$0.15 Milk~$0.20 Fruit ~$0.15 Entree ~$0.62 spending $1.12 to $1.20 on food
  • 7. Menu and Recipe ChangesNew Menu Items:• Indian Curry w/Chicken or Chickpeas w/Couscous• Hummus Plate• Whole Breast Chicken Nugget and Pattie• Handmade Bean & Cheese Burritos• Lasagna• Pizza-crust made with Shepherd’s Grain Flour• Roasted Zucchini, Cumin Carrots, Brussels Sprouts• Garbanzo Bean & Tomato Salad• Black Bean & Corn Salad• Fresh Salad Mixes: Mesclun & Romaine, Green Leaf, Spinach• Zac O’mega Bars made with Shepherd’s Grain FlourEliminated:Ranch DressingCorn DogsHoliday Cookies
  • 8. Changing School Lunch“Real Food with Local Flavors”
  • 9. Portland Farm to School Timeline2006-07 – Began Farm to School/Local PurchasingMay 2007 – Harvest of the Month RFPJune 2007 - Fresh Produce RFP2007-present• Harvest of the Month Twice a month• Local Flavors Weekly
  • 10. June 2007 Fresh Produce RFPThe District is implementing a Harvest of the Month (HOM) educationalpromotion in the District. Harvest of the Month is one step towardrealizing the vision the District holds for school cafeterias as a model forhealth, wellness and food system sustainability. With HOM the cafeteriais viewed as a learning laboratory to introduce students to locallysourced foods.The District’s intent is to purchase locally grown produce. It is desirableto purchase product from Farms that are located as close to PortlandPublic Schools as possible in order to provide the freshest produce aspossible. The District is interested in purchasing produce from farmerswhose production practices support environmental sustainability goals,such as, (but not restricted to), reduced use or elimination of chemicalpesticides and fertilizers, use of organic fertilizers, fewer transport milesbetween farm and District, and environmentally friendly packaging.Featured HOM products will be promoted through student artwork inDistrict’s calendar and posters in school cafeterias. Some schools mayalso choose to provide supplemental educational activities in theirclassrooms and/or their school garden programs.
  • 11. June 2007 Fresh Produce RFPOregon PreferenceTo the extent allowed by Law, the District reserves the right to give preference togoods and services produced within the State of Oregon when all things are equalwith competing offers. When fruits and vegetables grown in Oregon are in season andall things being equal, the District would prefer to purchase locally grown produce.Oregon Harvest Schedule:Fruit: Vegetables:Apples July-Oct Asparagus April-JuneApricots July-Aug Broccoli July-OctBlueberries July-Sept Carrots June-OctGrapes Sept-Oct Cauliflower Aug-OctMelons Aug-Sept Corn Aug-OctNectarines July-Aug Cucumbers July-SeptPeaches June-Aug Lettuce April –OctPears Aug-Oct Potatoes July-OctPlums Aug-Sept Squash July-OctStrawberries May-June Tomatoes July-Oct
  • 12. Harvest of the Month
  • 13. Real Food with Local Flavors Over 32% of our food purchases come from local farmers and localcompanies. These “Local Flavors” bring the region’s great products to the students of Portland Public SchoolsLocal Farmers Local CompaniesCal Farms, Oregon City Alpenrose Dairy, PortlandKiyokowa Family Orchards, Parkdale Broadway Bagels, PortlandNature’s Fountain Farm, Albany Cascadian Farm, Skagit Valley, WAPollock & Sons, Hermiston Don Pancho, SalemStrebin Farms, Troutdale Fairlight Bakery, Vancouver, WAUnger Farms, Cornelius Harry’s Fresh Foods, PortlandWalter Wells & Sons, Hood River Clackamas Bakery, ClackamasWillamette Valley Orchards, Salem Roadrunner Pizza, Gladstone Shepherd’s Grain, Pacific Northwest Teeny’s Foods, Portland The Original Taco House, Portland Truitt Brothers, Salem Yami Yogurt, Auburn, WA
  • 14. Community PartnersEcotrust Food and Farms School Food FOCUSOregon Dept of Agriculture OHSU Dietetic InternshipOregon Dept of Education City of PortlandOregon State Extension Oregon Dairy CouncilMultnomah County CPPW Eat.Think.GrowGrowing Gardens Oregon Food BankPartners for Hunger Free Oregon Thank you