The Fresh Food for Lunch program of the South Whidbey School District provides school farm and garden grown vegetables to the school cafeterias, managed by Chartwells. There are four school sites currently growing for Chartwells: the School Farm and the CAFE (Culinary Arts and Farm Education) garden at the Elementary School, and the front High School Garden and the back High School Garden, totaling 1.25 acres used for education and production. In addition, the Big Acre, a collaboration with the Good Cheer Food Bank, also grows produce for the school lunches.
Fresh Food for Lunch was launched on May 23rd, 2014 and has been supplying fresh produce in season, including lettuce, kale, spinach, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, bok choi, peas, beans, cherry and slicing tomatoes, peppers, scallions, potatoes, zucchini and winter squash to the Chartwells cafeterias since then.
The 2014 Chartwells SWSD Food and Garden Safety protocol is HERE but has been updated in 2019: The School Farms program is now permitted to deliver washed produce, including lettuce and other greens, to the cafeterias, making it much less time-consuming for cafeteria staff to use school farm produce.