Bethel’s current Farm to School program will be expanded thanks to a $100,000 grant from the USDA.
As the only grant recipient in Oregon, Bethel will be able to bring science-based school garden education and nutrition education to each of its elementary schools.
The grant will also fund student field trips to the Bethel Farm and cooking classes for Kalapuya High School students.
Willamette’s Graphic Arts students will design and develop signage for cafeterias and school menus, and create promotional materials for the Farm to School program and the district’s Try It Thursday program.
Bethel’s Nutrition Services Department also recently received a $5,000 award for its use and promotion of mushrooms in school meals.
The second annual Bethel Grad Walk was another tremendous success. Willamette and Kalapuya seniors – dressed in their graduation gowns and mortar boards – visited all Bethel elementary and middle schools. It was a chance to thank the teachers who helped them over the years, and to motivate young students to aim for graduation and beyond.
Free meals will be available this summer for all Bethel children ages 2 to 18.
Bethel School District and Food for Lane County are providing the meals at designated locations from June 26th to August 25th and everyone is invited.
The sites include locations in Bethel: Willamette High School, Cascade Middle School, Kalapuya High School, Irwin Park, Mangan Park, Petersen Barn Park, Prairie View (on N. Danebo), State Street Park, and Trainsong Park.
Click here for a list of all sites and times.