Economy

Calculate the impact of your school's local spending


Farm to school provides economic development opportunities to producers (e.g., farmers, ranchers, fishers), laborers, distributors, processors, cooks and foodservice staff, as well as others who support the local food system. Farm to school activities can help build long-term economic vitality by creating demand for local food products. Success in this sector is measured via local and regional economic impact, market opportunities, income generation, and social capital.

According to research conducted by Ecotrust in the report The Impact of Seven Cents, and updated in 2015,  for each $1.00 spent on local school food purchases excluding fluid milk and butter, a total of $2.00 of economic activity is generated in the Oregon state economy. This calculator automatically does that math, allowing a school district to visualize the total economic activity generated by their hypothetical or actual local purchases.

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Local and statewide economic impact

Increase in market opportunities/income generation for local producers, processors, and distributors through sales to school districts

Percentage of total food budget spent on local and Oregon foods by school districts
Local food

Food from unknown or non-local sources

Approximate estimate of the percentage of Oregon school food budgets that were spent on Oregon food. According to preliminary data from the Oregon Departments of Education and Agriculture, school districts spent $17,105,116 on Oregon food in the 2014-2015 school year, and spent approximately $77,563,894 on food in total in the 2013-2014 school year (the most recent year for which data was available).
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2015
Total dollar amount of all local and Oregon products purchased by school districts
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Total dollar amount spent on Oregon foods by school districts in the 2014-2015 school year, according to preliminary baseline data collected from districts that opted into the state Farm to School Procurement Grant program, and analysed jointly by the Oregon Departments of Education and Agriculture.
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2015
Percentage of school districts that purchase Oregon-grown or processed products
Opted into state F2S Procurement Grant Program

Did not opt into state F2S Procurement Grant Program

66% of school districts opted into the Oregon Farm to School Procurement Grant program—an indication that they are buying Oregon food.
Oregon Department of Education
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2015
Number of producers, processors and distributors supplying local and Oregon products to school districts
Number of vendors listed on claims submitted to Oregon Department of Education for F2S Procurement Grant program
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2014
Number of new jobs created by food producers, processors, or distributors due to farm to school market demand
For each job created directly from local school food purchases, a total of 2.61 jobs are created throughout the Oregon state economy. We estimate that in 2011-2012, 120 total jobs were created.
Job multiplier data from The Impact of Seven Cents report, updated for the 2011-2012 school year
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2012
School districts across Oregon utilize a wide range of methods to purchase local/Oregon products

Social capital built in school districts and the community

Mutually supportive relationships result in access to resources shared between community and school districts

Availability of funding for school districts to engage the community in farm to school efforts
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Approximately $1.2 million of this funding is established as permanent/recurring.
Allocated in the 2015 legislative session
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2015
Number of school districts that utilize promotional activities related to local foods: a.) in the school environment, b.) in the community

State agency support for local and regional foods

State agency programs and procurement policies support local and regional foods

Availability of state funding to districts in the state: a.) for purchasing Oregon-grown and processed food products, b.) for food-based, agriculture-based and edible garden-based educational activities, and c.) established as permanent/recurring in the state budget
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Approximately $1.2 million of this funding is established as permanent/recurring.

Allocated in the 2015 legislative session
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2015

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