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Nebraska Thursdays

Nebraska Thursdays is a program supported by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and the Center for Rural Affairs, and in collaboration with schools statewide, to serve a Nebraska-sourced meal in school cafeterias on the first Thursday of each month. Sourcing Nebraska products encourages fresh, local and healthy meals in the school cafeteria, educates students about Nebraska agriculture, and boosts our local economy.

Funded by an USDA Farm to School grant, five pilot schools participated in Nebraska Thursdays during the 2017-2018 School Year:

Read the farm to school stories highlighting the unique profile of each pilot school program and their farm to school goals. The efforts of these five pilot schools has impacted almost 42,000 students and resulted in thousands of food dollars staying in the Nebraska economy.


Coming soon!  Register for the 2019-2020 school year will open July 1, 2019.

Registration for Nebraska Thursdays is open for all Nebraska schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.

To register for Nebraska Thursdays, you must be the school Food Service Director/Manager listed on the school meal application in the CNP system or person responsible for the operation of the school food service program.


Additional support for this project comes from the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission, Midwest Dairy Council, and Nebraska Beef Council.

Nebraska schools serve 232,941 students daily. Nutrition education, agricultural awareness, and local economic benefits make small steps forward a big move for our students and our communities.

Updated April 22, 2019 11:27am