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
Grants Available for
  • training
  • supporting operations
  • planning
  • purchasing equipment
  • developing school gardens
  • developing partnerships
  • implementing farm to school programs
2019 Farm to School Grant Awards

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the award of more than $9 million in USDA Farm to School Program grants that will increase the amount of healthy, local foods served in schools and create economic opportunities for nearby farmers. The FNS Office of Community Food Systems is proud to share the list of awardees of these 2019 Farm to School Grants. The 2019 grants boast the largest number of awardees to date for the program with 126 approved projects across 24 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.


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.

boy with carrots

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.