Farm to School

Connecting farms to school cafeterias


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The national Farm to School movement connects schools to local farms specifically to serve healthy, organic meals in cafeterias. Students benefit from the fresh, nutritious, and tasty food, and state economies benefit from expanding local food networks. Drought and economic pressures are forcing many small farmers across the nation out of business but the Farm to School initiative has the potential to create billions in food sales to reinvigorate domestic agriculture.


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-Strengthen children's and communities' knowledge about, and attitudes toward, agriculture, food, nutrition and the environment.

-Increase children's participation in the school meals program and consumption of fruits and vegetables, thereby improving childhood nutrition, reducing hunger, and preventing obesity and obesity-related diseases.

-Benefit school food budgets, after start-up, if planning and menu choices are made consistent with seasonal availability of fresh and minimally processed whole foods.

-Support economic development across numerous sectors and promote job creation.

-Increase market opportunities for farmers, fishers, ranchers, food processors and food manufacturers.

-Decrease the distance between producers and consumers, thus promoting food security while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and reliance on oil.

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