Foothills Fresh

Endorse the Movement – Farm fresh school meals for all

Add your name to show support for Foothills Fresh and the Better Bites Coalition healthy school meals for all campaign!

Sierra Harvest is committed to improving the experience and quality of school meals, thus providing more children with the nutrition they need to support academic performance and physical, mental and social well-being. Our services include assistance in sourcing local, pesticide-free foods, professional development for culinary teams, marketing and promotion of fresh ingredients, and advocating for healthier food choices. 

 “If we provide our students with daily access to fresh, nutritious foods, we will experience the impact of healthier, happier kids who are ready to learn and give back to our community.”
– Aimee Retzler Executive Director, Sierra Harvest

Getting back to scratch cooking

Sierra Harvest is collaborating with all nine school districts in Western Nevada County to bring fresh, scratch-cooked school meals to 8,500 students through a more sustainable model that features local and regional foods and reduces waste. With the help of a thorough assessment conducted by the Chef Ann Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofit supporting school districts to help schools create healthier food and redefine lunchroom environments.

Learn more about the collaboration here: School Food Press Release

In the News:

Sierra Harvest, Nevada County School Food Services Agency awarded grant
(The Union, December 20, 2022)

Sierra Harvest Awarded CDFA Farm to School Incubator Grant
(KVMR, December 15, 2022)

Sierra Harvest & Nevada County School Food Services Agency awarded CDFA Grant for Foothills Fresh (Yubanet, December 4, 2022)

Food for thought: New group hopes to offer nutrition to Nevada County students
(The Union, June 23, 2022)

Fresh face brings fresh food to school district
(The Union, March 3, 2020)

Organization strives to bring healthy, affordable options to Nevada County students
(The Union, Sept. 20, 2018)