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4J School Cafeterias Feature Fresh and Local Foods

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LunchOfferingBar_small• Our schools’ weekly menus are carefully planned to meet nutrition guidelines set by the USDA. 4J has an extensive Wellness Policy in place that guides healthy food offerings outside the cafeteria, as well.

• An all-you-can-eat daily offering bar is included with every cafeteria meal, featuring a variety of fresh produce and other healthy foods.

• Eugene schools serve many items that come from Oregon farms. Recent examples include Oregon-grown apples, potatoes, radishes, onions, pears, cranberries, corn and marionberries.|

• Our fresh fruits and vegetables are delivered from local Lane County farms by Emerald Fruit and Produce, and Organically Grown Company. When available, some produce can even be purchased from school gardens.

• If local options are not available, we get regional items from Duck Produce, a produce supplier that was the first U.S. food distributor to earn the non-profit Food Alliance’s certification for sustainable business practices.

• Every year, 4J school menus highlight several different items from Lane County farms as the “Harvest of the Month.” Last year’s highlighted produce selections included tomatoes, raspberries and strawberries from Thistledown Farm, strawberries from Hentze and Johnson’s Farm, and Braeburn apples from Detering Orchards.|

• Efforts to provide healthy, local foods don’t end with fruits and vegetables. For example, our milk is rBST free and comes from dairy farms all over the Willamette Valley. Our bread, dinner rolls, hamburger and hot dog buns, and english muffins are all 100% whole wheat and are baked at the Franz Bakery in Springfield.

Fresh Fruit & Veggie Program

Three of our schools qualify for this unique program that serves FREE fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks. Read more about the program here.

Harvest of the Month 

Brought to you by Sodexo and Willamette Farm & Food Coalition’s Farm to School Program.

Each month we highlight some of the local growers’ items that are served in our cafeterias.   

UPCOMING FORECAST: (Please note, this schedule is subject to change based on availability.)

In addition to the following, we also feature apples from Detering Orchards.

2017-18 Item Flyer Local Highlighted Farm
September  Tomatoes HOTM_Sept 2017_4J toms  Camas Swale Farm
October  Apples  apples detering_all fall  Detering Orchards
November  Kale November_Kale_HOM  Johnson Farms
December  Cabbage  Dec_Cabbage  Johnson Farms
January Marionberries  Johnson Farms
February  Blueberries  Confluence Farms
March  Potatoes Wong Potato Farm
April  Kale Johnson Farms
May  Mushrooms Yamhill Co.
June  Fresh Strawberries  Thistledown Farms