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10 Facts About Local Food in Schools

Increasing access to local foods in schools is a top priority for the Office of Community Food Systems. This fact sheet, available in both English and Spanish, reviews the top 10 facts about local food in schools.

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Local Procurement Decision Tree

This fact sheet features the various paths a school can take to bring local foods into the cafeteria with your next food purchase. While federal rules prohibit schools from using "Local" as a required product specification in their formal solicitations, there are many other ways to focus purchases on local food products. This chart presents several options for including your desire for local foods in the procurement process.

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Office of Community Food Systems Fact Sheet - Food Safety Modernization Act: Questions and Answers

The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 allows the Food and Drug Administration to better protect the public health by strengthening the food system from Farm to Table.  This document addresses common questions regarding the impact of the Act on school gardens and other similar small producers commonly used as sources for local food.

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Community Food Systems Fact Sheet - Facts About Food Safety

A fact sheet developed by the Office of Community Food Systems addressing common food safety issues raised when working with school gardens or other locally sourced food.

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Community Food Systems Fact Sheets

Informational fact sheets are available under the following topics:
-- General Overview
-- Special Topics
-- Funding
-- Buying Local Foods
-- En Espanol

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USDA Farm to School Grant Program

Every year, USDA awards grants to help connect students to the sources of their food through education, taste tests, school gardens, field trips, and local food sourcing for school meals. This fact sheet, The USDA Farm to School Grant Program, reviews available grants, who is eligible, and the timeline for applying.

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Farm to Summer: Why Summer Meals Programs are Ripe for Local Foods and Agriculture-Based Activities

USDA’s authority to provide emergency assistance for its various disaster relief programs exists under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), Agriculture Secretary disaster designations, Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as well as other authorizing legislation. These authorities are identified in the various USDA program descriptions.

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Farm to Preschool: Local Food and Learning in Early Child Care and Education Settings

This fact sheet, Farm to Preschool: Local Food and Learning in Early Child Care and Education Settings, discusses how Farm to School isn’t just for K-12 institutions; an increasing number of early child care and education providers are engaging in farm to preschool activities. The term “farm to preschool” encompasses efforts to serve local or regionally produced foods in early child care and education settings; provide hands-on learning activities such as gardening, farm visits, and culinary activities; and integrate food-related education into the curriculum.

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Gardens in Tribal Communities

Tribal communities are growing gardens of all forms from medicinal gardens and small community gardens to larger food production gardens to school gardens. This fact sheet, Gardens in Tribal Communities, will primarily focus on tribal school gardens.

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Tribal Foods

This fact sheet, Bringing Tribal Foods and Traditions into Cafeterias, Classrooms, and Gardens, explores how schools and tribes are integrating traditional foods into child nutrition programs, buying traditional foods locally, and incorporating multicultural nutrition education into classroom curriculum and hands-on lessons in school gardens.