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Community Food Systems

National Farm to School Month
National Farm to School Month 2016

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

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Farm to School Census

The results of the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census are in: farm to school works!

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Grant Program

Every year grants are awarded to help schools connect with local producers and teach children where their food comes from.

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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: 06/14/2017

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

Congratulations to the 2017 Farm to School Grantees!

Read the Farm to School Grant Program press release and the FY 2017 List of Awardees to learn more about this year's Farm to School grant recipients.

Key Dates

  • June 2017 - Award Announcement for FY 2017 Farm to School Grant
  • September/October 2017 - Release of FY 2018 Farm to School Grant RFA
  • December 2017 - Applications Due for FY 2018 RFA
  • May/June 2018 - Award Announcement for FY 2018 Farm to School Grant

If you are interested in applying for a Farm to School Grant, the FY 2018 Request for Applications (RFA) will be released in the fall of 2017. There are 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.