Chef Ann Cooper’s Lunchbox is a comprehensive website for school food service. Look through hundreds of kid-tested recipes designed specifically for school lunch programs that are nutritionally analyzed, priced and scalable. The site also includes technical tools to help maintain compliance with the National School Lunch Program and to manage the financial aspects of your program, as well as time-saving templates like a menu calendar that can easily be filled in with your school district’s specific information and sent directly to the printers.
This cookbook includes numerous recipes listed by type of vegetable and seasonal availability, accompanied by nutritional analysis per serving. It also includes food safety tips and tips for purchasing local. While some material is specific to Massachusetts, the recipes can be used by any farm to school program. (1.1 MB PDF)
A beautiful full-color poster of produce available seasonally in Oregon. You can download this PDF of the poster here or use this link: http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/docs/pdf/form_calendar.pdf to access a request form and instructions for how to purchase one from ODA for $5.00. (239.3 KB PDF)
This chart outlines when Oregon vegetables are seasonally available in fresh, stored, and processed forms. (135.8 KB PDF)
This chart outlines when Oregon fruits are seasonally available in fresh, stored, and processed forms. (83.6 KB PDF)
The Eat Well Guide contains seasonal produce guides for all of the states in the U.S., as well as its territories and the Canadian provinces. A clickable map links to outside websites with seasonal produce information.
Use this full-color "We're eating local today" lunch line sign template created by Ecotrust's farm to school program to highlight the local foods you serve. (3 MB PDF)
Use this link to access the USDA Food and Nutrition Service's Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs. The guide assists school food purchasing agents in planning and purchasing the right amount of food for school meal programs as well as meeting meal pattern and reimbursement requirements.
Seasonal and simple is a guide to help you select, store and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes use simple preparations and seasonings, so you can taste the goodness of a fruit or vegetable at the peak of its flavor. The fruits and vegetables are listed in the guide by their growing season — spring, summer and fall. Nutrients and associated health benefits are listed with each fruit or vegetable. (0 B EDU/P/MP909)
Seasonal and Simple for Food Service is a guide for quantity preparation and service of fresh fruits and vegetables. The recipes in the guide are listed by the fruit or vegetable growing season and were tested by food service professionals. (0 B EDU/P/MP918)
Kaiser Permanente Northwest's Community Benefit program supports Ecotrust's Farm to School program with a Healthy Food Access grant that facilitates the purchase of more healthy, regionally produced food by school districts in the region and connects them with small, medium-sized, and minority-owned food producers in their communities.