Jackson County, Ore. — Oregon schools are leading the nation in percentage of the food budget spent on local foods.
Results from the first ever USDA farm to school census showed that Oregon schools are directing about 24 percent of their food budgets to purchase local food. In the Rogue Valley, several school districts buy certain foods locally, and districts like Grants Pass School District 7 spends over $50,000 per school year on local foods.
“I think in Oregon it just makes sense to want healthy farms, healthy farm land, healthy local economies, healthy children and families, so it all just makes perfect sense to feed the children in Oregon grown foods,” said Rogue Valley Farm to School Executive Director Tracy Harding.
The study also found that two-thirds of all Oregon schools are participating in farm to school and school garden activities.