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This Week in Farm to School: 3/10/20

NFSN Staff Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community. 

Grants & Funding
1. Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Social and Environmental Justice Projects
Pre-Application Deadline: April 15
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-organizing groups (with an annual budget of $500,000 or less) in the United States working to advance social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. Priority strategies identified by the foundation include community and ally outreach; leadership development; constituent empowerment and decision-making; popular education; root cause analysis; power analysis; campaign development; mobilizing constituents and allies; coalition building; and direct action. Pre-applications are due April 15. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application. View the RFP here.

2. Action for Healthy Kids Grants
Deadline: April 3
Action for Healthy Kids is accepting applications for school grants for the 2020-2021 school year to help students thrive. Schools may apply for Game On grants to fund physical activity, nutrition, or social-emotional learning (SEL) initiatives. Parents and parent groups can apply for Parents for Healthy Kids grants to bring health and wellness programs to their children’s schools while also promoting parent engagement. The application deadline is April 3. Learn more here. 


Webinars & Events 
1. NFSN EVENT Register Today! 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 21-23 // Albuquerque, NM
The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is less than two months away, and now is the time to get your tickets! With 40 skill-building workshops, 10 experiential field trips, inspiring keynote addresses, valuable networking time, and a showcase of New Mexico’s vibrant local food culture, this biennial event hosted by the National Farm to School Network is an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network with food systems leaders from across the country. Visit farmtoschool.org/conference to learn more.

2. EQUITY Webinar: Racial Equity in the Food System: Perceptions, Reality, and the Road Ahead
April 15 // 3-4pm EST
In this webinar sponsored by the Racial Equity in the Food System (REFS) workgroup, you'll learn provocative findings from a national survey of REFS webinar registrants that will ground a thoughtful discussion on if food system educators are making progress in reaching equity goals and how to overcome limitations in utilizing an equity lens in your work. Register here.

3. EQUITY Join the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
March 30-April 19
Sign up for Food Solutions New England's (FSNE) annual 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge starting on March 30th! In its sixth year, the Challenge is a great way to learn about the history and impacts of racism on our current food system while inspiring participants with resources and tools to build racial equity in their work and lives. People from all over the country participate in the Challenge with the goal of raising awareness, shifting attitudes and changing outcomes. This year a Discussion Guide will be available for groups who want to do the Challenge together. Visit the FSNE Challenge website to learn more and register.


Research and Resources 
1. Farm to Summer Resource Guide
The Center for Ecoliteracy's summer planning guide distills tips and best practices to help support the success of farm to summer planning and increase the number of summer meals programs. Check out the Farm to Summer Resource Guide here.

2. School Lunch Survey Resource Guide for Grades 6-8
In this solution-oriented lesson by the Center for Ecoliteracy, students learn how to conduct a school lunch survey to gather ideas and then present recommendations for improving their school district’s lunch offerings. Through this process, students learn effective ways to bring about change in their school community and help increase healthful eating and reduce waste. View the resource guide and lesson plan here.


Policy News 
1. Virginia State Bill Passed to Allow Excess Food to be Served to Eligible Students
In an effort to provide another meal to students, the Virginia General Assembly has passed a bill that will allow schools to distribute excess food to eligible students. Read more here.

2. Utah Legislature to Hear Bill on Expanding School Breakfast
The Utah legislation would require schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program to also offer breakfast or breakfast alternatives. Currently, only about 40 percent of Utah students receiving free and reduced lunch are also receiving breakfast. Read more here.


Job Opportunities 
1. Communications Coordinator, Louisiana Farm to School / LSU Extension (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) 
The Louisiana Farm to School/Institution Program seeks a Communication Coordinator (Extension Associate) to coordinate and support its communications efforts. This is a grant-funded position with 100 % time allocation to the USDA funded Louisiana Farm to School Program. Application deadline is March 23. Learn more here.

2. FoodCorps Service Member Application Closes March 13
Applications are now open for the next class of FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members. Service members connect kids to healthy food in school, from the classroom to the garden to the cafeteria. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline of March 13. Learn more here.


Farm to School in the News 
What coronavirus means for kids who rely on school meals
Missing school can mean more than lost instructional time; it can also deprive children of critically needed nutrition. More than two-thirds of the 31 million students who regularly eat school lunch are economically dependent upon school meals. So what will happen to at-risk children if this school-based social safety net falls prey to the growing pandemic? (Civil Eats

Whole Foods Charity, Teens to Grow Tons of Produce for NYC Schools
A group of New York City teens grew enough food in an indoor hydroponic farm to feed more than 2,000 students at lunch, with the help of a Whole Kids Foundation partnership with Teens for Food Justice. One of the goals of this farm is to encourage students to transform their relationship with food, instilling a lifelong understanding of healthy eating habits and sustainability. (The Packer)

PODCAST: Low Wages of Cafeteria Workers Go Hand in Hand With Quality of School Lunches
Thirty million children participate in the nation’s school lunch program. Jennifer E. Gaddis shows that the missing ingredient in the recipe of its success is the school lunch lady in her book, “The Labor of Lunch.” (KCRW)

Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.

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