Nebraska Thursdays brings schools together to serve a Nebraska-sourced meal in the cafeteria on the first Thursday of each month.
Nebraska Thursdays began with five Nebraska pilot schools in September 2017 as an initiative to expand farm to school opportunities in school cafeterias. Funded by a USDA Farm to School grant, Nebraska Department of Education in partnership with the Center for Rural Affairs, is rolling this program out statewide for the 2018-2019 school year. Participating schools receive tools, resources, and technical assistance in order to take incremental steps forward in sourcing and serving local food on the school tray.
This program is open to any k-12 school participating in the National School Lunch Program. Any School Food Authority (SFA) that has a permanent agreement with the Nebraska Department of Education Nutrition Services to participate in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to participate in Nebraska Thursdays.
To register for Nebraska Thursdays, you must be the school Food Service Director/Manager listed on the school meal application in CNP system or person responsible for the operation of the school food service program.
If you are not your district’s Food Service Manager, dig into some additional resources and explore what is available on our resources page. You can also contact your school food service manager or administrator directly to request that they sign up to participate in the program.