Farm to School Census
The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act was amended to formally establish a Farm to School Program within USDA to improve access to local foods in schools. In order to establish realistic goals with regard to increasing the availability of local foods in schools, in 2013, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) conducted the first nationwide Farm to School Census (the Census). In 2015, FNS conducted a second Census to measure progress.
FNS is conducting a third Census in 2019 to further assess the state of Farm to School across the nation. The Census will survey all public, private, and charter School Food Authorities (SFAs) operating the National School Lunch Program in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Washington D.C.