Oregon Harvest Day
- Jennie Kolpak, Malabon Elem. School
- Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Teamwork
In October 2015, during National Farm to School Month, our school hosted Oregon Harvest Day. The meal served was ALL local foods. Bethel Nutrition Services arranged for local farmers and food processors to serve a lunch for students that was prepared with ingredients almost entirely sourced from local farms. The cafeteria was decorated with colorful posters and signage so that students could easily make the connection from the food that was being served and where it came from. Farmers and food processers had time to mingle with students in the cafeteria and share with them what it takes to grow or make food and answer any questions they had. At the end of the day, our guests sat together and shared a school lunch. Students presented the farmers and processors letters and thank-you cards for working hard to provide them with healthy food.