Oregon State Representative Brian Clem and others have provided a letter of support for passage of House Bill 2721 to the State Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee. If passed, HB 2721 would amend and expand Oregon’s current Farm to School and School Gardens program from $1.3 million per biennium serving 19 school districts to $5.6 million ensuring that all 190 school districts in the state may participate.
Click here to download and read a PDF copy of the letter.
The Oregon State Legislature is currently considering House Bill 2721 which would expand farm to school and school garden programs by increasing funding for school districts to purchase Oregon-grown and processed products and to provide agriculture, food and garden-based education, and by making that funding available to all districts in the state.
In 2011 the legislature created a pilot program, and in 2013 expanded the successful program to $1.2 million in grants to school districts. HB 2721, which is being considered by the legislature now, makes some revisions to and expands the current farm to school and school garden grants, so they it would be available to all districts in the state.
HB 2721 is now in the Ways and Means committee, which makes budget decisions. We are asking for your active support by sending a brief email to the members of the committee in support of this bill.
Please click here to send a message to the members of the Ways and Means Committee asking for their support. Feel free to customize your letter with information about what farm to school and school garden programs mean to you, or just send the sample as written — either option is great.
With your help, we can expand this successful program and reach more kids and more producers. Thanks in advance for taking action!
1. Applications are being accepted through Tuesday, June 2 for a Nutrition Services Kitchen Manager I – Production Floor Manager. Under minimal supervision, the Nutrition Services Kitchen Manager I directs the operation of a self-contained school kitchen and/or assists the Executive Chef with a production kitchen. This is a full-time position at Bend Senior High School.
2. Applications are being accepted through Tuesday, June 2 for a full-time Kitchen Manager I at Pacific Crest Middle School. Under minimal supervision, the Nutrition Services Kitchen Manager I directs the operation of a self-contained school kitchen and/or assist the Executive Chef with a production kitchen.
The Bend-La Pine School District has a job opening for a Nutrition Services III Specialist. The specialist performs a variety of duties that may include preparing food items for the school foodservice program, serving, directing a kitchen site where no manager is assigned, and arranging or catering services. The position is part-time at Bend Senior High.
Applications must be received by Friday, May 15. For a full job description and online application, please visit the Bend-La Pine School District website…
Fuel Up to Play 60 grant funding applications for up to $4,000 per school are open now through June 16, 2015. These grants support healthy eating and physical activity initiatives and are great ways bring school wellness policies to life for students, staff and school communities. Last year, 22 Oregon schools received Fuel Up to Play 60 grant funding. Two of these schools were also awarded the Oregon Department of Education School Wellness Award this spring.
Check out the online application at www.fueluptoplay60.com. For questions regarding the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in Oregon or for help with the grant application, please contact Crista Hawkins, Oregon Dairy Council Fuel Up to Play 60 Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-229-5033.
Download the Fuel Up to Play 60 information sheet
Download the Fuel Up to Play 60 funding ideas sheet
The May 2015 School Nutrition Programs Newsletter, published by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Child Nutrition Programs, is jam-packed with information and resources on a variety of timely topics. This month, the newsletter covers how to manage food allergies in schools, provides information on annual trainings with ODE and NFSMI, and give details on the new Oregon Harvest for Schools portal. Download the May issue today!
McMinnville School District is accepting applications for a Nutrition Services Wellness Manager, Adams Module. The qualified applicant for the 4-hours-per-day position will be a dietetic technician with a minimum of an associate degree and at least 5 years of experience in school or institutional food service. The Nutrition Services Wellness Manager assists with education, research and communication of district wellness policy and applicable state and federal regulations, as well as menu planning, nutrient analysis and wellness compliance. Applications are due soon. Click here for details about the position and application procedures.
On behalf of OSNA, Executive Board members Cindi Hiatt-Henry and Lynne Shore delivered an array of stuffed animals to the Oregon State Police for use in their “Buddy Bear” program, which helps children deal with traumatic occurrences. When police officers, detectives, and records division personnel come in contact with children who have been involved in traumatic incidents, they are able to give the children something they can cuddle and hold to help promote dialogue and a feeling of safety. OSNA thanks all of its members who brought stuffed animals to our State Conference Friday Fun Night event for donation to this worthy cause!
Pictured from left: Lynne Shore and Cindi Hiatt-Henry present OSNA’s Buddy Bear program donation to Lieutenant Mike Peterson of the Oregon State Police in April 2015.
We are looking for school nutrition directors to present information on the Farm to School and School Gardens funding bill (HB 2721) at several Oregon Legislature Ways and Means Committee on-the-road hearings.
If you (or someone in your district) can attend on of these meetings in your area, please let us know as soon as possible.
HEARING SITES & TIMES
Tuesday, April 14 – Lincoln City, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Lincoln City Cultural Center
Thursday, April 16 – Gresham, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Mt. Hood Community College
Tuesday, April 21 – Portland (PCC Rock Creek), 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus
Thursday, April 23 – Springfield, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – (site to be determined)
Friday, April 24 – Klamath Falls, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Oregon Institute of Technology
Saturday, April 25 – Grants Pass, 12:30 – 2 p.m. – Performing Arts Center Lecture Hall at Grants Pass High School
The Oregonian reported on April 13 that approximately 30,000 more Oregon school children could have access to free school lunches starting with the 2015-16 school year under a new state budget provision.
Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday signed House Bill 2017, an appropriations bill that provides $2.4 million to fund a mandate that school districts provide free lunches to students who are eligible for reduced-price lunches under U.S. Department of Agriculture income eligibility guidelines.
Read the Oregonian/OregonLive article here…