Purchasing Local Food through a Contracted Distributor, Dallas ISD
Dallas ISD’s Food & Child Nutrition Services department has established a successful farm to school initiative, Harvest of the Month, highlighting a different Texas-grown fruit or vegetable each month during the school year. Harvest of the Month includes opportunities for students to taste test items, incorporating local items into menus, classroom activities and outreach to parents and community members.
While working with the contracted produce distributor, nutrition team members identified an opportunity to extend efforts to purchase more local ingredients and take advantage of peak harvest season for several Texas fruits and vegetables, by continuing local purchasing efforts for meals served during the summer months for its Seamless Summer Option.
Purchasing local fruits and vegetables through summer months allows Dallas ISD staff to continue connecting with students, parents and community members through education, experiential learning and outreach.