Community Food Systems

Over 42,000 schools
participate in Farm to School.

Over 42,000 schools
participate in Farm to School.

On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants to support farm to school programs.

Grant Program Grant Awards
NEW! The 2020 Farm to School Grant Request for Applications is Now Live

The 2020 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now available online through Grants.gov.  In 2020, FNS seeks to award up to $10 million to schools, school districts, nonprofits, state and local agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations to plan, and implement farm to school activities. Grants ranging in size from $20,000 to $100,000 will be available for approved proposals.  All interested applicants are encouraged to download the full RFA document.

NEW! Regional Farm to School Institute Grant

The Office of Community Food Systems is pleased to announce the new Regional Farm to School Institute Grant Request for Applications (RFA). This new grant for fiscal year 2020 will support the creation and dissemination of information on farm to school program development, and provide practitioner education and training, and ongoing school year coaching and technical assistance. The Food and Nutrition Service anticipates awarding at least two grants with a combined total of $150,000, to eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations working regionally to promote farm to school activities and support practitioners. More information can be found online at Grants.gov.

Spotlights

girl eating peach

Farm to CACFP

Farm to preschool works to connect early child care and education settings to local food producers with the objectives of serving locally-grown, healthy foods to young children, providing related nutrition education, and improving child nutrition.

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Farm to Summer

In many regions across the United States, USDA’s Summer Food Service Program aligns well with the peak growing season, allowing schools and nonprofit organizations to serve products in their freshest state.