Nebraska Thursdays

Farm to School Stories

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Serve a Nebraska-sourced meal in the school cafeterias on the first Thursday of each month and celebrate Nebraska Thursdays! Sourcing Nebraska products encourages fresh, local and healthy meals in the school cafeteria, educates students about Nebraska agriculture, and boosts our local economy.  Nebraska Department of Education is proud to support Nebraska schools celebrating Nebraska Thursdays!

Learn more with these Farm to School Stories which highlight five schools who celebrate Nebraska Thursdays and four Nebraska farmers who sell to schools.

Farm to School Stories


Register today to join Nebraska Thursdays for the 2021-2022 school year.

Registration for Nebraska Thursdays is open for all Nebraska schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Once registered, your district will have access to Nebraska Thursdays resources, promotional items and an interactive recipe portal.

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.

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.

Creation of Nebraska Thursdays was made possible by funds from a USDA Farm to School Grant in 2017,  and in partnership with the Center for Rural Affairs.  Additional support for this project comes from the Nebraska Dry Bean CommissionMidwest Dairy, and Nebraska Beef Council.

Updated September 21, 2021 1:54pm