This Week in Farm to School: 5/09/17
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. Food Safety Outreach Program, USDA NIFA
The Food Safety Outreach Program will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups .Applications are due Tuesday, June 6, 2017. For more information, participate in the May 18th webinair or apply here.
2. CHOICES Funding
Funding from the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) will support states, cities, and counties in preventing childhood obesity and associated health outcomes by building local capacity among decision makers to choose and implement cost-effective strategies. The partnership will run from July 2017 to June 2018, and the CHOICES team intends to fund up to four health agencies during this 12-month project period. Monetary assistance will be available (contingent upon funding) at an expected average of $50,000 per awardee. Application are due Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Learn more and apply here.
3. 2018 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge
The Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. Rural entrepreneurs compete for $145,000 in startup funds. Apply here.
1. Webinar: Breakfast Matters - Back to School
May 11 at 3pm EST
The school year is ending, but the planning for the next academic year is already beginning. Join us as we share tips and tools for preparing your school district’s food and nutrition service strategies for the 2017–2018 school year. Topics will include forming an unpaid meal policy, making the most of the Community Eligibility Provision, and launching or enhancing your Breakfast After the Bell and afterschool meal programs. Register here.
2. Webinar: Tackling resilience through food policy councils
May 25 at 1pm EST
The increasing prevalence and severity of environmental, political, and humanitarian emergencies are prompting governments and communities to think more about where their food will come from in such situations, and how their local food systems may contribute to (or lessen the impact of) them. Food policy councils can play an important role in assisting with these efforts. Register Today!
Research & Resources
1. Research Brief: Farm to ECE in Pennsylvania: A Promising Start with Room for Growth
The Food Trust recently released their "Farm to ECE In Pennsylvania" research brief. This is a valuable resource for anyone looking for methods to do some background research on what's going on in their state, or a useful example for framing farm to ECE from a statewide perspective.
2. New Study: Timing and duration matters for school lunch and recess
A new study finds that the duration and timing of lunch and recess is related to food choices and physical activity of school children. These findings could help schools make policies that promote healthier school lunches and increased physical activity during recess. Read more about the study here.
3. Power of Produce (PoP) Club Toolkit
University of Minnesota Extension is pleased to announce the release of the Power of Produce (PoP) Club Toolkit. The PoP Club is a farmers market incentive program for children. Each week children receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. This program is the perfect addition to farm to school efforts since its goal is to engage children at farmers markets and empower them to make healthful food choices. Access the toolkit here.
1. 4 Not-So-Easy Ways to Dismantle Racism in the Food System
This article offers four infographics that explain different aspects of how racism is built into the US food system. It also contains two solutions for each of them—some of the systemic changes needed to fully address it, and ways for individuals to take action. Read the article and explore the infographics and actions here.
1. Vice President of National Policy and Advocacy, Healthy Schools Campaign
Healthy Schools Campaign is seeking a Vice President of National Policy and Advocacy to oversee the organization’s national and state policy agenda. HSC advocates for all students to have access to a healthy school environment that includes nutritious food, physical activity, health services and clean air at school. For more information and to apply click here.
2. Coalitions Coordinator, Union of Concerned Scientists
As part of a 14-person interdisciplinary team, the Coalitions Coordinator will convene priority coalitions focused on addressing racial equity and social justice in the food system. Learn more and apply here.
3. Development Manager, Real Food Challenge
Real Food Challenge seeks a Development Manager to be a part of the largest student movement in the country fighting for food justice and a sustainable food economy. Priority will be given to applications received before May 18, 2017. Learn more here.
4. Program Coordinator and Research Assistant, ASAP
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) seeks to fill multiple opening on their team to help their organization continue to build healthy communities through connections to local food. Applications for both positions are open throughSaturday, May, 20, 2017. Learn more and apply here.
Salt stays and grains go in school meals
As his first major action in office, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Agriculture Department will delay an upcoming requirement to lower the amount of sodium in (school) meals while continuing to allow waivers for regulations that all grains on the lunch line must be 50 percent whole grain. (AP News)
Governor Designates October “Farm To School Month In Hawai‘i”
In April, Hawai’i Governor David Ige signed a bill into law designating the month of October as “Farm to School Month in Hawai‘i,” and bringing attention and awareness to farm to school programs across the state. (Maui Now)
Chef in the Cafeteria
Kids love kale when it's prepared with care. ASAP’s weekly “Growing Local” radio series joins Biltmore chef Kirk Fiore for a local food taste test at North Buncombe Elementary in North Carolina. (Growing Local)
Sustainable gardens grow in Oklahoma schools
Principal Chris Crelia is excited about students having the opportunity to plant, take ownership of the gardens and learn to become more mindful and responsible “about the Earth and taking care of not just the Earth but themselves with healthy living.” (NewsOK)
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.