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San Diego Unified’s ‘California Thursdays’ Farm-to-school Program Growing Fast

November 1, 2015 |
Farmer Bob Knight of Old Grove Orange in Redlands, CA. lunching with some satisfied customers. Photo courtesy of San Diego Unified School District

Farmer Bob Knight of Old Grove Orange in Redlands, CA., lunching with some satisfied customers.
Photo courtesy of San Diego Unified School District

It started small, with 20 elementary schools eating fresh local lunch every Thursday. Now, San Diego Unified School District’s farm-to-school menus are being served up at over 220 schools in the district to 132,000 kids. The ultimate goal is to have all 26 million meals a year be fresh, local and made from scratch, and district officials believe it can be done.

“We were able to grow the program rapidly,” says Tara McNamara, marketing coordinator for the district’s Food and Nutrition Services department. “We started last October at 20 elementary schools, and that expanded to 60 by the end of last school year. Now we’ve got 225 at the beginning of this year.” Read More