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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 coronavirus 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 volunteers. They’ve always been essential, even before this pandemic, and farm to school wouldn’t exist without them.
Throughout October 2020, our activities will be focused on expressing appreciation, amplifying underrepresented voices, and shifting power through farm to school to create a more just food system for all. Here's how you can get involved:
Nomination 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? Starting Oct. 1, nominate them to receive a $500 honorarium and be named a National Farm to School Network Community Food Champion. Check back soon for more details!
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 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
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.
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
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