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4J School Cafeterias Feature Fresh and Local Foods

Did You Know?

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.

• An all-you-can-eat daily offering bar is included with every cafeteria meal, featuring a variety of fresh produce and other healthy foods, most of which is from local sources. (Offering Bar may be closed for COVID-19 concerns, but fresh items will be offered daily!)

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

• Our fresh fruits and vegetables are delivered from local Lane County farms by Emerald Fruit and Produce, and Organically Grown Company.

• If local options are not available, we receive 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.

• 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 & Vegetable Program

Five of our schools receive grant funding for this unique program that serves FREE fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks.

Harvest of the Month 

Brought to you by Willamette Farm & Food Coalition’s Farm to School Program and funded by the ODE Farm-to-School grant. Every month, 4J school menus highlight items from Lane County farms as the “Harvest of the Month.”  Highlighted produce selections have included tomatoes, raspberries, and strawberries from Thistledown Farm, strawberries from Hentze and Johnson’s Farm, and Braeburn apples from Detering Orchards.