Oregon to reimburse additional 15 cents per lunch for regional foods

The Oregon State Legislature received the proof it needed to pass the Farm to School and School Garden Bill from Ecotrust's work piloting a local lunch subsidy program. The study, taking data collected during the 2008-2009 school year, shows that investment in local school food provides economic benefit to the state.  The Farm to School and School Garden Bill gives $200,000 to the Oregon Department of Education to administer a competitive grants pilot program in two school districts with the majority of funding reimbursing these school districts an additional 15 cents per school lunch to buy Oregon-grown foods.  Click on the following link to read Ecotrust's report, The Impact of Seven Cents.

http://www.ecotrust.org/farmtoschool/Kaiser-Report_FINAL_110630.pdf