EUGENE, Ore. — A local school district celebrated with sloppy joes and roasted potatoes after getting a grant from the Oregon Department of Education.
Bethel’s Willamette High School is one of several schools in the area participating in Farm to School education programs. The grant will help expand those programs, as well as the district’s local purchasing efforts.
The program’s director says the grant also helps out the local economy.
“These grants help bridge that gap between the extra cost of locally grown food and the price that our schools have to pay. And when our schools can do that, they can make these local purchases of locally grown products, which helps to keep these dollars in Oregon,” said Megan Kemple, Farm to School Program Director.
The 4J School District was also rewarded the same grant.