Farm to School: National Level | Resources

Last Updated: January 25, 2018

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National Farm to School Network

 
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The National Farm to School Network is an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing, school gardens and food and agriculture education into schools and early care and education settings. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. The National Farm to School Network provides vision, leadership and support at the local, state and national levels to connect and expand the farm to school movement, which has grown from a handful of schools in the late 1990s to approximately 42,000 schools in all 50 states as of 2014. The National Farm to School Network includes Core Partner and Supporting Partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. Territories, thousands of farm to school supporters, a national Advisory Board and staff.

 

USDA Office of Community Food Systems

 
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USDA's Farm to School Program is housed in the Food and Nutrition Service's Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS). OCFS helps child nutrition program operators incorporate local foods in the National School Lunch Program and its associated programs, as well as the Summer Food Service Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program. In addition, OCFS staff works with tribal communities to respond to their desire to better incorporate traditional foods into our meal programs. OCFS accomplishes this through grant making , training and technical assistance, and research.

 

The Food and Nutrition Service has seven regional offices around the country; in each is a Farm to School Regional Lead available to provide farm to school related support to state agencies and other entities in their region. A list of regions, along with the names and contact information for regional and national USDA Office of Community Food Systems staff, can be found here.