Economy

Calculate the impact of your school's local spending


Farm to school provides economic development opportunities to producers (e.g., farmers, ranchers, fishers), laborers, distributors, processors, cooks and foodservice staff, as well as others who support the local food system. Farm to school activities can help build long-term economic vitality by creating demand for local food products. Success in this sector is measured via local and regional economic impact, market opportunities, income generation, and social capital.

According to research conducted by Ecotrust in the report The Impact of Seven Cents, and updated in 2015,  for each $1.00 spent on local school food purchases excluding fluid milk and butter, a total of $2.00 of economic activity is generated in the Oregon state economy. This calculator automatically does that math, allowing a school district to visualize the total economic activity generated by their hypothetical or actual local purchases.

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Local and statewide economic impact

Increase in market opportunities/income generation for local producers, processors, and distributors through sales to school districts

Percentage of total food budget spent on local and Oregon foods by school districts
Local food

Food from unknown or non-local sources

Data reported by Oregon Department of Education Farm to School Procurement grantees on their Progress Reports covering the 2017-2018 School Year
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2018
Total dollar amount of all local and Oregon products purchased by school districts
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Data reported by Oregon Department of Education Farm to School Procurement grantees on their Progress Reports covering the 2017-2018 School Year
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2017-2018
Percentage of school districts that purchase Oregon-grown or processed products
Opted into state F2S Procurement Grant Program

Did not opt into state F2S Procurement Grant Program

69% of school districts opted into the Oregon Farm to School Procurement Grant program—an indication that they are buying Oregon food.
131 school districts, out of 191 school districts in Oregon, opted into the Oregon Department of Education's Farm to School Procurement grant for the 2018-19 School Year.
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2019
Number of producers, processors and distributors supplying local and Oregon products to school districts
Oregon Department of Education Farm to School Procurement Grant Claims for the 2015-16, 16-17 and 17-18 School Years
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2015-2018
Number of new jobs created by food producers, processors, or distributors due to farm to school market demand
For each job created directly from local school food purchases, a total of 2.61 jobs are created throughout the Oregon state economy. We estimate that in 2011-2012, 120 total jobs were created.
Job multiplier data from The Impact of Seven Cents report, updated for the 2011-2012 school year
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2012
School districts across Oregon utilize a wide range of methods to purchase local/Oregon products
Data reported by Oregon Department of Education Farm to School Procurement grantees on their Progress Reports covering the 2017-2018 school year
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2018

Social capital built in school districts and the community

Mutually supportive relationships result in access to resources shared between community and school districts

Availability of funding for school districts to engage the community in farm to school efforts
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Allocated to Farm to School Education grants for the 2019-21 school years. This is a scoring criteria in the Farm to School Education Grant applications
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2019
Number of school districts that utilize promotional activities related to local foods: a.) in the school environment, b.) in the community
Data reported by Oregon Department of Education Farm to School Procurement grantees on their Progress Reports covering the 2017-2018 School Year
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2018

State agency support for local and regional foods

State agency programs and procurement policies support local and regional foods

Availability of state funding to districts in the state a.) for purchasing Oregon-grown and processed foods, b.) for food-based, agriculture-based, and garden-based educational activities, and c.) established as permanent/recurring in the state budget:
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$10.35 million was allocated in the 2019 legislative session (HB 2579), and $4.65 million was previously allocated in the Department of Education’s budget.
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2019

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