from our friends at OUSD Nutrition Services:

Oakland Fresh School Produce Markets is a program of Oakland Unified School District, (OUSD) Nutrition Services and was created in partnership with the East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC), to build a school-based local food system that increases access to fresh, healthy and affordable food for Oakland residents and promotes healthy school environments for our children and families.

Oakland Fresh is a network of school produce markets throughout OUSD that sell fresh, mostly locally grown and pesticide-free fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, honey and other healthy foods at public schools.  More than 70% of students at these schools qualify for free/reduced school meals, and the schools are located in neighborhoods that have an abundance of liquor stores and corner stores.   Produce is purchased from local family farmers and produce distributors, and sold by parents and students during after-school hours every week at each school site. Oakland Fresh School Produce Markets are open to parents, students, staff and community residents, and also accept EBT food stamps. All school produce markets offer monthly cooking demonstrations and tastings, a Student Buyer Card program, and a Market-to-Classroom Lesson Toolkit for teachers. 

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During the first school year of operation 2009-10, the 12 Oakland Fresh School Produce Markets distributed an average of 2,000 pounds per week of fresh, healthy food to the community, grossed over $100,000 in produce sales, supported 8 local family farms, and engaged over 150 parents and community residents as volunteers.  The first 12 Oakland Fresh School Produce Markets were an expansion of produce markets operated at two schools by EBAYC since Spring, 2006. Since that time, demand for this program at other school sites skyrocketed.  Last school year we operated 22 produce markets, fully sponsored by the farm-to-school program of OUSD Nutrition Services.

So far this school year, we have opened 17 produce markets. Why not visit one this week?

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