USDA is currently seeking stories about schools or school districts using local foods in summer meal programs. Throughout the summer we're hoping to spotlight these programs and learn more about best practices. If you know of any farm to summer programs using local foods, please don't hesitate to let us know and "share your story" below.
How do you keep farm to school alive while school is out?
We know about your incredible school-year efforts to educate, engage, and nourish kids through fresh, local foods and agriculture-based activities. We also know that the work does not end with the school year's close, and that many of you continue to serve children over the summer months through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or Seamless Summer Option (SSO). Help us shine a spotlight on your work to continue farm to school efforts in the summertime by submitting a description of your program- how you source locally, keep school gardens going, and engage kids in fun, hands-on activities. Be sure to include a photo or two! Click the 'share your story' button below to send us your anecdote, and we'll select model programs to feature in our communications throughout the summer.
For more guidance and tips on bringing the farm to your summer meals program, be sure to check out our new Farm to Summer website, fact sheet, and the Supporting Local Farmers section of the SFSP toolkit.
Here's to a healthy summer 2015!