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Community Food Systems

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Community Food System

Supports the development and sustainability of local agricultural economies.
 

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Farm to School grant impact
Grantees Make an Impact

Farm to School grantees are making an impact in their communities.

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Farm to School Grants by-the-numbers
By the Numbers

13 million students, in all 50 states, have benefited from Farm to School Grants!
 

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National Farm to School Month
Celebrate Farm to School

Watch the video: Farm to school is making a BIG impact.

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Farm to School Census

Check out the Farm to School Census and see how your school connects children to their food.

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Farm Fresh Produce

Farm to school programs bring fresh products to school cafeterias.

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Hands on Learning

Students learn where their food comes from through farm visits and nutrition education.

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Last Published: 12/12/2017

Welcome!

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 Awardsnew 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.