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October is Farm to School Month, an annual 31-day campaign to recognize, appreciate and celebrate the connections happening across the country between kids, families and their community food systems. National Farm to School Month was designated by Congress in 2010, making this year’s campaign the 10th anniversary of National Farm to School Month celebrations. However, this October will likely look very different than the previous nine years.
It Takes a Community to Feed a Community, and that’s been especially true this year. As our schools and early care and education sites, communities and food system continue to be impacted by the pandemic, we are approaching this year’s campaign as an opportunity to honor all those who contribute to feeding our kids and communities – from farmers, harvesters and food hub distributors, to school nutrition professionals, educators, garden coordinators, bus drivers and more. This year, it’s been made very clear that the workers who keep our kids fed—many of whom are Black, Latino, Indigenous and other people of color—are often unseen, underpaid and undervalued for the contributions they make in our communities. Yet they’ve always been essential, and we know farm to school wouldn’t exist without them.
That’s why this October, we’re focusing our National Farm to School Month campaign on expressing appreciation and amplifying underrepresented voices in order to shift power to these essential workers and create a more just food system. Here’s how you can get involved:
Nominate a Community Food Champion: Who are your community members - farmers, cafeteria workers, teachers, gardeners, bus drivers, volunteers, advocates, and others - that are feeding children and families, supporting local food systems, and going above and beyond in 2020? Nominate them to receive a $500 honorarium and be named a National Farm to School Network Community Food Champion. Nominate your Champions here.
Participate in our Virtual Movement Meeting, October 14: Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting on Wednesday, Oct.14 from 1-3pm ET, featuring Karen Washington, food justice activist, for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. Learn more and register here.
Take Action for Change: Throughout October, we'll be sharing ideas, opportunities and resources for engaging in advocacy to amplify underrepresented voices and shift power to create a more just food system. Check back soon for more details!
Spread the Word: Shout out about farm to school and share what you’re doing for National Farm to School Month with the hashtags #F2SMonth and #farmtoschool on social media. Follow the National Farm to School Network on our blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Download our Sharing Toolkit for sample messages and graphics to share with your community.
How will you be celebrating National Farm to School Month? Be sure to tell us! Submit your event to the calendar below or drop us a note at email@example.com.
Nominate Your Community Food Champions!
Nomination Deadline: October 23, 12pm ET
This National Farm to School Month, we want to recognize the invaluable contributions community members across the nation make towards supporting and feeding children and families in our communities. These community members go by many names – farmer, cafeteria worker, neighbor, teacher, gardener, volunteer, and more – but they’ve all risen to the call for collaboration, partnership and creativity to feed our nation's kids and support equity and access in the food system. We're selecting 25 this October to receive a $500 honorarium and be named a National Farm to School Network Community Food Champion!
Rooted in the vision of a just food system, National Farm to School Network believes racial justice is integral to achieving food justice. That means recognizing the disproportionate impacts both racism and the COVID-19 pandemic have had on those most impacted by systemic inequities - many of whom are the people who keep our communities fed. With this understanding, Community Food Champion nominations are intended to honor: Those who aren't often recognized for the work they do every day; and/or, African Americans, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Hispanics and Latinos, and Asians and Pacific Islanders.
Movement Meeting 2020
October 14, 1-3pm ET (Virtual)
How can we shift power in our communities to create a more just food system? What community capital and resources can help us create systemic change in the ways we grow, prepare and eat food?
Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting on Wednesday, Oct.14 from 1-3pm ET, featuring Karen Washington, food justice activist, for deep conversation and action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the farm to school movement and wider food system. You’ll connect with fellow farm to school and food justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps of progress towards our vision of a just food system for all.
Special thanks to CoBank, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Farmers Union and PNM Resources for sponsoring this Movement Meeting!
Farm to School Month Resources
Everyone can celebrate National Farm to School Month! The National Farm to School Network has developed resources and activities to promote Farm to School Month in schools, early care and education settings, communities and media outlets.
Throughout October, we share stories and information on our blog about how farm to school is empowering children and their families to make informed food choices and contributing to vibrant communities. Our resource database is home to even more information and includes searchable tags for Farm to School Month as well as topics like farm to early care and education, school gardens and procurement.
Here are a few key resources to help you celebrate:
Farm to School Month is celebrated in communities across the country! Explore the calendar below to learn what's happening in your community. Check back soon - additional events will be added through October. Don't see anything for your state? Click here to connect with your Core Partner to learn about opportunities in your area to get involved.
2020 National Farm to School Month Sponsors
The Carton 2 Garden Contest encourages students to repurpose milk and juice cartons into a garden project. There are 15 prizes awarded, up to $5,000. Learn more at the Carton2Garden.com.
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