Notable impacts and benefits from California Food for California Kids programs.
California Thursdays has positively impacted approximately 11,600 nutrition services staff members in our network of 71 districts.
By serving fresh food, the California Thursdays network reduces the processor’s labor costs, and saves on shipping and packaging.
Packaging alone can represent up to 1/2 of the food cost. School districts save a second time by not having to send that packaging to the landfill.
of California Thursdays districts participate in Farm to school activities.
have conducted student field trips to farms or orchards.
have had farmers visit the cafeteria, classroom or other school-related settings.
California Thursdays districts contain 54% of the state’s actively reporting school gardens. That’s over 650 schools with instructional school gardens and school-based farms. 34% of respondents in our districts have served products from these programs in the cafeteria
of California Thursdays network districts held taste testing/demonstrations of locally produced foods in the cafeteria, classroom, or other school-related setting. More than 1/3 of our districts included foods from school gardens or school-based farms in school meals.
Smarter Lunchroom Strategies
43% of California Thursdays nutrition services directors implemented innovative new strategies to encourage student selection and consumption of locally produced foods through product placement, food prompts, and creative signage, while 60% promoted locally produced foods at school with posters and newsletters.
34% of California Thursdays network districts conducted instructional school gardening or orchard activities as part of a school curriculum, and 28% as part of an after-school program