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COVID-19 Resources for Farm to School and ECE

National Farm to School Network | 18-Mar-2020

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National Farm to School Network is compiling resources related to COVID-19 that will be relevant to the farm to school and farm to early care and education community. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis. If you have recommendations of resources to add here, please email

Last Updated 3/19/20

Child Nutrition Programs

Ensuring Access to the Child Nutrition Programs in the Event of School Closures
Guidelines from FRAC for adjusting Child Nutrition Programs if schools are closed.

Emerging Strategies & Tactics For Meal Service During School Closures Related To The Coronavirus
This resource from No Kid Hungry highlights meal distribution strategies put into place across the country in response to widespread school closures due to the coronavirus.

Summary of School Districts and Program Providers’ Efforts to Serve Meals During School Closings
An active spreadsheet compiled by FRAC of school districts serving meals and broken down by state, district, and model.

Emergency Meal Service Toolkit
Resources from Lunch Assist for planning and modifying school meal operations in response to COVID-19, including answers to frequently asked policy questions, templates, and safety tips and procedures to protect nutrition services staff and the families they serve.

Funding Support
No Kid Hungry Grants to Support Coronavirus Response
No Kid Hungry is offering emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need. 

The Waldron Charitable Fund Grants to Support Children
The Waldron Charitable Fund will make $1 million in grant funding available to support community organizations who serve critical health needs (both physical and mental), provide nutritional assistance, and support special education for underserved school children.

Local Producer Resources
A Guide for Local Producers to Navigate the COVID-19 Outbreak
This guide from Perdue University can help local producers navigate these uncertain times by offering ideas on changing you business model, meeting the need of the market, reaching your customer base, and continuing to generate income.

National Young Farmers Coalition - COVID-19 Resources

Community Alliance with Family Farmers - COVID-19 Resources

Farmers Market Coalition - COVID-19 Resources

Native & Tribal Communities Resources
Native American Agriculture Fund

Seeds of Native Health

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

Intertribal Agriculture Council

Garden Resources
COVID-19 FAQ For Community Gardens
Best practices and steps for garden managers and gardeners, from NC State Extension

Policy & Advocacy Resources
Actions for Congress and USDA to Support Local and Regional Food Systems During COVID-19
To help policymakers consider measures to respond to the crisis, FLPC and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition released this issue brief highlighting several legislative and administrative actions that Congress and USDA can take.

Mitigating Immediate Harmful Impacts of COVID-19 on Farms and Ranches selling through Local and Regional Food Markets
An impact assessment to estimate economic losses to the local and regional food sector in the U.S. and guidance for policymakers as they evaluate solutions that will minimize negative impacts to small businesses and rural economies. (Compiled by: Dawn Thilmany, Becca Jablonski, Deb Tropp, Blake Angelo and Sarah Low)

Media, Articles & Resource Lists
Map: Coronavirus and School Closures
Track where closures are happening and how many students are being affected with Education Week‘s interactive map.

Coronavirus Food Systems Media Articles and Other Resources
Vanessa Garcia Polanco, a graduate student at Michigan State University's Department of Community Sustainability, is compiling a real-time list of media articles and resources 

If Coronavirus Closes School, Who Gets Paid and How?
As the novel coronavirus spreads, these are some of the biggest questions that don’t yet have clear or uniform answers. (Education Week)

What Can Consumers Do During the COVID-19 Crisis to Support Family Farms & Our Local Food System?
Suggestions for what consumer can do right now to help assure that family farms stay in business and the many people who comprise of our shared food system can weather this storm. (Community Alliance with Family Farmers)

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