A series of educational briefs from School Food Focus designed to explain various aspects of school food for a wide audience, including parents, teachers, legislators, and journalist.
Typically a Farm to School Program has four key elements:
The time constraints placed on a food service director are enormous, and adding a local food program may seem like just too much. Even a highly motivated, passionate food service director can't do it all. You need help! A committee, a task force, a working group, whatever you want to call it -- you need some other folks who are willing to help with the work.
Communicate with food service staff, teachers, school administrators, students, and community member.
Planning needs to begin many months in advance of the date when you expect to serve a food item. You need to:
Go beyond simply adding a local food to the lunch menu. Utilize materials in this toolkit to engage children:
Remember that there are people across Maryland and the country that are invested in connecting young people with local and healthy foods in their school lunchrooms. Please contact them.
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