Health

Building healthy kids and communities

Farm to school activities aim to provide healthy local food options and nutrition and food-based education to influence healthy eating behaviors and healthy lifestyles in children and their families. Success in this sector is measured by looking at student and family access to, awareness of, preferences for, and consumption of locally produced healthy food in schools and communities.

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Students and their families access locally produced, healthy food through schools and preschools

Student access to local, healthy foods in schools and preschools

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.
SOURCE
2015
Number of students reached by the ODE Farm to School grant program
Average daily lunch participation for all of the school districts that opted into the state farm to school procurement grant program in the 2015-2016 school year.
SOURCE
2016
Number of students reached by the ODE Farm to School grant program, broken down by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status
White

Hispanic

Other (Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Multi-Ethnic)

Overall, 53% of Oregon students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Oregon Department of Education student ethnicity by district for the districts that opted into the state F2S procurement grant program
SOURCE
2016
Number of school districts in Oregon that have an edible garden
Approximately 133 school districts in Oregon have at least one school garden.
Oregon Department of Education school garden survey. NOTE: school districts responding to this survey did not necessarily indicate that their gardens were edible. A few may have included native gardens, rain gardens, etc. in their responses.
SOURCE
2016
Number of counties in Oregon with at least one school garden
out of 36 counties total.
Number of schools that incorporate school garden produce into cafeteria meals
At least 69 school districts incorporate school garden produce into cafeteria meals.
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 garden-based educational activities, and c.) established as permanent/recurring in the state budget
$
Approximately $1.2 million of this funding is established as permanent/recurring.
Allocated in the 2015 legislative session
SOURCE
2015
Number of school districts that purchase Oregon-grown/locally-grown or processed products
Over 120 districts opted into the state Farm to School and School Garden procurement grant program.
Oregon Department of Education
SOURCE
2015
Percentage of school districts that have farm to school activities in pre-K settings
Districts with F2S in preschool

Districts without F2S in preschool

Students and their families access locally produced, healthy food through schools and preschools

State government program and policy environments support local, healthy food access in schools for children

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 garden-based educational activities, and c.) established as permanent/recurring in the state budget
$
Allocated in the 2015 legislative session
SOURCE
2015

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