- The OSD Child Nutrition Department received a $5,000 grant from The Move on Up Mississippi Foundation for the 2018-2019 school year to provide culinary training to our cafe team members!
- The OSD menu is 75% cooked-from-scratch and features local products when possible
- Fresh fruit is available daily to all district students
- Through a state grant, fryers were removed from all schools and replaced with combi-ovens that cook food in a crispy, delicious way
- Salads are served at all school and salad bars can be found at Della Davidson Elementary School, Oxford Middle School, and Oxford High School.
Family Cooking Classes
Throughout the year we host Family Cooking Classes around the district. These events are open to anyone, any age, who wants to learn to cook with us! The classes generally range from $15-$25 per family of five. After learning the recipes and cooking together, meals are enjoyed familiy style with good conversation! We've made soup, fish tacos, cuban sandwiches, pizza and more! Join us for our next class
Dates in partnership with University of Mississippi RebelWell (These are FREE! thanks to our partnership!):
August 13, 2018 Basic Cooking Skills-We had so much fun!
September 17, 2018 Affordable Eats Cooking
October 15, 2018 Quick Healthy Dinners
Each year Food Day is celebrated across the country on October 24th. It is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level.
We mark this event with celebrations and events throughout the art, library, music and physical education classes at Oxford Elementary. Join us on October 24th!
FoodCorps connects kids to healthy food in school. They are a team of AmeriCorps leaders who serve in schools to make sure students’ learn what healthy food is, fall in love with it, and eat it every day. Service members focus on delivering hands-on lessons in gardening, cooking and tasting healthy food; improving school meals; and encouraging a school-wide culture of health.
FoodCorps members have been serving OSD for four years! In the 2018-2019 academic year, we begin our fifth year with FoodCorps service members in our schools. Good Food for Oxford Schools will introduce our new service member in August 2018! We thank the Oxford School District, the United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County and FoodCorps National for their continued support of our mission.
Fresh Fruit Friday
In May 2018, we began a collaboration with RebelWell to continue Fresh Fruit Friday's in our schools. These events provide fresh fruit to students on some Friday's during the school year and during the Summer Meals program.
Fall Fresh Fruit Friday Dates:
Della Davidson Elementary School Snacktime and Oxford Intermediate School lunchtime:
Watch our social media for Pop-Up Events at Oxford Middle School and Oxford High School this Fall!
Growing and Learning: Culture of Health Program
The Growing and Learning School Garden Education Program is funded primarily by the United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County and provides learning opportunities for both students and teachers.
The goals of the Growing and Learning Culture of Health Program are for students and families in our community to learn about healthy meals and snacks and how to make them, enjoy fun fitness activities while learning that physical activity is part of a healthy lifestyle, discover where their food comes from and how to grow it and develop an appreciation for nature, animals and the environment. It provides support to schools for teachers to incorporate nutrition and garden lessons using standards based curriculum. The program brings individuals together to create community-wide healthy changes for a healthier lifestyle.
The school garden program grows each year and becomes more a project of each school! There is no better way to encourage students to try new fruits and vegetables than school gardens.
Bramlett Elementary School’s beautiful courtyard garden has 12 plots – one for each classroom to participate, a pumpkin patch, grapevines, and fruit trees.
Oxford Elementary School’s has expanded several times to offer larger garden plots and fruit trees.
Della Davidson Elementary School’s courtyard garden can be seen from the lunchroom and has raised beds, fruit trees, blueberry bushes, raspberry bushes, and grapevines. It is a must see!
Oxford Intermediate School has a beautiful garden featuring an herb spiral, tulips and four rasied beds
Help with any garden projects, please get in touch with Eleanor Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.