The following page offers a variety of resources from organizations around the country who are making a difference in schools through farm-to-school programs.

 

Center for Regional Food Systems

The Center for Regional Food Systems' goal is to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.

 

University of Minnesota Extension

Minnesota has seen rapid growth of farm to school. The number of Minnesota school districts engaged in farm to school practices rose from 18 districts in 2006 to 268 districts in the 2014. According to the most recent USDA Farm to School Census data, schools responding reported spending 13 percent of their budgets on local products, with a total of $12 million invested in the Minnesota economy through purchasing local food.

 

School Food Project

The School Food Project,  believes that for kids to learn, think and be the best they can be, they have to eat well. Because of this, they're dedicated to improving the health of each student by providing healthy food and offering nutrition education ​programs to grow young bodies and minds. ​

 

The Lunch Box

The Lunch Box shares best practices from around the United States by building a network of school food changemaers. THey have a wide range of in-depth tools and resources to help with menu creation, financial management, procurement, marketing, and engagement strategies. Enjoy free access to scalable and downloadable receipes, USDA-compliant menu cycles, procurement tools, financial calculators, implementation strategies, training tools, marketing materials and much more. 

 

Chef Ann Foundation

Their mission is to provide tools that help schools serve children healthy and delicious stratch-cooked meals made with fresh, whole food.

 

Vermont Feed

Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED) raises awareness about healthy food, good nutrition, and the role of Vermont farms and farmers in helping sustain a healthy community. They do this by helping to grow robust farm to school programs, acting as a catalyst for rebuilding healthy food systems, and cultivating links between classrooms, cafeterias, communities, and local farms.

 

National Farm-to-School Network

Their mission is to provide a consistent and unififed foundation for Wyoming Farm to Plate Stakeholders; including...producers, consumers, retailers, schools and all other interested in quality local foods.

 

Iowa Department of Agriculture

 Iowa is a state known for its agriculture. But you probably didn't know its also known for its farm-to-school programs as well.

 

Lessons from the Lunchroom

 Children need healthy food. This should go without saying, but the current U.S. food system makes it hard to ensure that kids get the kinds of foods they need to grow into healthy adults. The average U.S. child eats only one-third of the fruits and vegetables recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

 

School Food Focus

School Food Focus is the national collaborative that ignites change in our school food system by connecting districts and food businesses across the supply chain to put delicious, nutritious meals on kids school plates.

 

National Farm-to-School Network

The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into school systems and early care and education settings.

 

United States Department of Agriculture - Food and Nutrition Service

FNS works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including WIC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and school meals.  In partnership with State and Tribal governments, our programs serve one in four Americans  during the course of a year. Working with our public, private and non-profit partners, our mission is to increase food security and reduce hunger by providing children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet and nutrition education in a way that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence. No American should have to go hungry.

 

Chop Chop

ChopChop Kids is an innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families. They believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.

 

Leading Lifelong Learning

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools.

 

Readers to Eaters

Readers to Eaters was founded in 2009 with a mission to promote food literacy from the group up. They want children and families to have a better understanding of what and how we eat.

 

Alachua County Farm-to-School

 Alachua County Public School’s Farm to School to Work Hub is a place where students can learn about the food system by experiencing it.

 

Edible School Yard

 The Edible Schoolyard Network connects educators around the world to build and share a K-12 edible education curriculum.

 

School Yard Farms 

Schoolyard Farms is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating healthier communities by teaching kids how to grow nutritious food that goes from their schoolyard to their plate. They do this by building mini-production farms on underused schoolyards that act as outdoor classrooms for the schools we serve.

 

Farm-to-Preschool

Farm to Preschool is a natural expansion of the national farm to school model and encompasses a wide range of programs and activities.  Farm to Preschool serves the full spectrum of child care delivery: preschools, Head Start, center-based, programs in K-12 school districts, nurseries and family home care facilities. 

 

Pilot Light Chefs

To empower all children with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to have healthy relationships with food.

 

Community Ground Works

Community GroundWorks is a nonprofit organization that connects people to nature and local food. Through hands-on education, children and adults learn gardening, urban farming, healthy eating and natural areas restoration.

 

Apple Seeds

Apple seeds mission is to inspire healthy living through garden-based education starts in area schools.

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