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    SPS Serving 'Farm to Table' Meals
    Posted on 10/16/2017
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    School Lunch Monday! 

    This Monday, did you know, throughout the school year, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) sources dairy, fruit and vegetables both locally and from across the state of Washington? We do!

    Locally Grown

    Locally grown is defined by food that is grown within 100 miles of the school district. Whether it is lettuce sourced from Auburn, herbs in Duvall, mushrooms in Olympia, or fruit and vegetable from Skagit and Snohomish Counties, SPS sources local foods and ingredients for several reasons.

    We want the freshest, most nutritious foods for our kids. That means sourcing foods that arrive to our central kitchen quickly and efficiently. Less travel time means less carbon emissions from trucks. Sourcing locally also means the district and taxpayers, like you, are supporting local farmers, local workers, and the local economy.

    Here is a list of the local and state farms where we source food.

    Washington State Grown

    The district also sources foods from around the state, like apples and other fruit from Yakima, Chelan, and Wenatchee and vegetables from Wapato and Pasco.

    These foods arrive at our central kitchen fresh and ready for preparation. At the same time, SPS is supporting our state economy and farms nationally known for growing some of the best produce in the nation. 


    Harvest of the Month

    The district’s Harvest of the Month program is one way you can support local farmers and workers. At least once a month, students can buy lunch on a designated Washington Grown, Harvest of the Month day and learn about where their meal came from, where the ingredients were grown, and their meal’s nutritional value. We also encourage students to take that new knowledge home to share with their families. Check out our Harvest of the Month calendar!


    Eliminating Opportunity Gaps

    As a school district, we recognize the important connection between a healthy diet and student’s ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school. Providing access for all students to a hot, nutritious, and delicious lunch is also part of the district’s goal of eliminating opportunity gaps and creating an equitable educational experience for all students.

    For the staff who make our students’ meals, they are dedicated to their craft and nothing makes them happier than knowing every child has access to a healthy meal while in the district’s care.
    Here is more information on the district’s Nutrition Services Department, including information on our Free and Reduced Lunch Program.


    Try One of Our School Meals

    If you have a student who has not tried a school meal in a while or not at all… TRY IT! We are convinced you will love the great food our staff prepares and we have a wide range of choices day to day, including egg & cheese muffins, pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt parfait with homemade granola, and much more for breakfast and burritos, hamburgers, pizza, chicken nuggets, tuna melts, beef and broccoli, soup, BBQ, fresh salads, vegetables, fruit, milk, and much more for lunch.   

    Next School Lunch Monday

    We are going to take you along for the ride! From farm to central kitchen to our schools… check out how are meals are sourced, prepared, and get an inside look at your child’s school cafeteria.