FUN FACT FRIDAY: Lunch Ladies Team Up With Local Farmers To Provide Fresh Produce!

IStudents in lunch line.t is a fun time of year to enjoy a meal prepared by the District’s amazing lunch ladies. That’s because Nutrition Services teams up with local farmers in a program called “Farm to School,” which brings lots and lots of freshly harvested food directly to our kitchens and cafeterias. The fresh produce is delivered, sometimes by the farmers themselves, to all of our schools, which provide 30,000 meals each day for students, teachers and staff. You might be surprised by how much fresh produce is actually served this time of year.

  • Watermelon – 4,000 pounds
  • Cantaloupe – 2,000 pounds
  • Honey Dew Melons – 2,000 pounds
  • Spaghetti Squash – 1,000 pounds
  • Pears – 20,000
  • Peaches – 20,000
  • Ears of Corn – 20,000
  • Apples – 110,000

The District is proud to invest in local products spending about $2 million a year on farm fresh produce, including milk from local producers, bread products, even local Norbest Turkeys.

Thanks to the 500 Nutrition Services employees who work so hard to provide healthy, amazing meals to students and others throughout the District each and every day!