Presentation on theme: "Harvest of the Month Going Beyond the Classroom: Partnership Building in the Community Presented by: Katharina Streng, Network for a Healthy California."— Presentation transcript:
Harvest of the Month Going Beyond the Classroom: Partnership Building in the Community Presented by: Katharina Streng, Network for a Healthy California Moira Beery, Center for Food and Justice Molly O’Kane, Alameda County Office of Education Ai James, Alameda County Office of Education
Going Beyond the Classroom Cafeteria Community Classroom
What Are Your Opportunities?
Objectives Examine how to access partnerships in the community to maximize the HOTM experience Understand the educational and health benefits of offering locally grown foods Critique results/success achieved by building and fostering school and community partnerships
Discussion Questions 1.How can school food service be involved with HOTM in the cafeteria and in the classroom? What other activities can the school food service staff do to support HOTM implementation? 2.Consider local food retailers, farmers’ markets, and restaurants. How can you engage them in HOTM? 3.How can you garner support from local farmers and members of the agricultural community?
Center for Food & Justice Los Angeles, CA Farm to School & Harvest of the Month Connections
Riverside, CA Farm to School Planting/Gardening Classroom Education Taste Tests
Program Results Increased number of students eating school lunch Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables Increased number of teacher meals served Increased consumption of HOTM items on salad bar
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Center for Food & Justice Los Angeles, CA Moira Beery Center for Food & Justice Urban & Environmental Policy Institute Occidental College email@example.com www.FoodAndJustice.org www.CAFarmToSchool.org Photos by: www.EmilyHartPhotography.com
Gaining Support within School Community Molly O’Kane RD Ai James, MS, RD
Presentation Outline Introductions Overview of ACOE – NLCC Program Background information Partnerships HOTM Delivery Methods Cost Analysis Future Questions
Nutritional Learning Community Coalition Our Mission is to inspire a behavioral shift towards health and wellness. With schools as our center, hands-on learning as our tool, and collaboration as our catalyst, we will empower our communities to embrace a healthy and sustainable future.
ACOE-NLCC Program Overview –4 different school districts within Alameda County –44 school sites Pre-school Elementary Middle Schools High Schools After School Programs Adult Education
ACOE-NLCC Program Overview –1 Director –3 Program Managers/Coordinators –3.5 District Managers –2.5 District Supervisors –33 District Site Staff –3 Administrative Support
ACOE-NLCC Program Overview –Nutrition Education through Cooking in the Classrooms –Nutrition Education utilizing school gardens –Nutrition Education for parents/caregivers –Nutrition Education through after school programs –Teachers on Special Assignment in classrooms
ACOE-NLCC Program Overview –Funding Source (Past and Present) Network for a Healthy California Carol White Grant Kaiser Foundation California Department of Education Garden Grant San Francisco Foundation Other Various Foundations
ACOE-NLCC Program Overview Produce Usage Volume –Harvest of the Month 680 individual boxes 40 cases 105 Recipe Boxes –12 to 15 cases per week
Background Harvest of the Month Packing In the past: –Received individually packaged Harvest of the Month produce from one distributor –Issues with quality –High Cost at $15 to $16 per box –Delivery timing not meeting the needs –Increased cost every year
Forming Partnerships for Harvest of the Month Deliveries Departments Approached –Child Nutrition –Regional Occupational Program –Other Local Distributors
Forming Partnership Process Cost Analysis of packing individual boxes Decided to follow up with the Child Nutrition Department Negotiate with MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) Establish pack size and content Win-Win for both departments
Cost Analysis – Distributor vs. Child Nutrition DISTRIBUTORCHILD NUTRITION Cost of Individual Box $16.00$10.00 # of Boxes / School Year 5440 Delivery MethodOne drop delivery/district Fee paid for site deliveries Total Cost$87,040$54,440 Cost Savings$32,600
Delivery Methods Single box per teachers –Pros: Easier to pick up, all materials in one box –Cons: Cost is higher (labor & materials), Same amount of produce for each class. Takes up more refrigerator room
Delivery Methods Cases placed in staff room –Pros: Larger classes can take more produce, smaller classes can take less. Less produce waste. Allow to absorb cost of buying local –Cons: Teachers would pick out amount themselves, may take more time & can’t guarantee that teachers wouldn’t take more then allotted.
Plans for Next Year Expand HOTM to more districts Expand Delivery partnerships with Hayward USD warehouse & ACOE Partner with Oakland Unified School District for Local produce Pack internally to decrease cost even more and create a stronger farm to school program
Contact Information Molly O’Kane, RD Program Manager Phone: (510) 317-3091 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ai James, MS, RD District Nutrition Education Manager Phone: (510) 723-3900 ext. 30148 Email: email@example.com
Strategies for working with retail stores Network for a Healthy California Retail Specialists New Harvest of the Month Consumer Newsletters