Portland Public Schools receive healthy cafeteria revamp

Almost one-third of Portland Public Schools serve locally sourced foods.

Oct. 17—Move over, corn dogs and Tater Tots.

Make way for winter squash, grass-fed beef and antibiotic-free chicken.

If your kids eat school lunch at Portland Public Schools these days, they might be eating better than you.

Whether you realize it or not, a number of farm-to-school initiatives have been creeping their way onto Junior’s lunch tray.

First there was the initiative to buy locally raised and sourced products: everything from Alpenrose milk to two-day-fresh Unger Farms strawberries. Nearly a third of all Portland Public School cafeteria foods are now sourced locally.

Then came Harvest of the Month seven years ago, an effort to celebrate a local fruit or veggie, educate kids about it, and promote it on the menu.