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Supporting healthy kids, healthy farms and healthy communities
Farm to school is a common sense approach to child nutrition that empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. Together with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and our network of supporters across the country, we are calling on Congress to support continued farm to school success and innovation in the upcoming Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization.
In the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Congress established mandatory funding of $5 million annually for a farm to school competitive grant and technical assistance program. The USDA Farm to School Grant Program increases the use of and improves access to local foods in schools – thus boosting farm income and economic opportunities – while also fostering experiential food education for our nation’s children. However, demand for the program is more than five times higher than available funding, so we are excited to announce that the Farm to School Act of 2015 has been introduced in Congress.
The Farm to School Act of 2015 will continue and expand upon the successes of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program by:
Fully including preschools, summer food service program sites and after school programs on the list of eligible entities;
Increasing annual mandatory funding from $5 million to $15 million to better meet the high demand and need for this funding;
Increasing access among tribal schools to farm-fresh and traditional foods, especially from tribal producers; and
Improve program participation from beginning, veteran and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.
Take Action for Farm to School
Do you represent a school, nonprofit organization, business or advocacy group interested in supporting the Farm to School Act? If so, please add your organization’s name to our organizational sign-on letter to Congress.
Are you a parent, teacher, farmer or concerned eater? Sign this letter of support for the Farm to School Act to tell Congress that farm to school is a powerful tool for supporting our kids, our farmers and our communities!
Download this fact sheet outlining the research-based benefits of farm to school
The National Farm to School Network and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition are partnering to advance farm to school priorities in the 2015 reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act (CNR 2015), with the shared goal of supporting stronger communities, healthier children and resilient farms.