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.
Learn more about our work: Farm to School at USDA, 2012-2015: Four Years in Review. To receive information and updates from USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems, please sign up for our E-letter.
Farm to School Grant Program
The FY 2018 Farm to School Grant Request for Applications (RFA) is CLOSED! Award announcement for FY 2018 Farm to School Grant Program will be made in May/June 2018.
For additional funding opportunities for farm to school activities, take a look at the USDA Grants and Loans that Support Farm to School Activities for more details. For more information about the Farm to School Grant program, visit the grant program page for an overview of past grantees, program summary reports, and more.
The results are in! We have updated our annual Summary of Grant Awards report which provides a cumulative snapshot of demand for the Farm to School Grant Program, distribution of awards and funded project activities. We are proud to share that the Farm to School Grant Program has funded at least one project in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The grant program also reaches high need communities. Nearly 80 percent of grant awards were given to schools in which 50 percent or more of the student population qualify for free or reduced price meals.