CULTIVATING OPPORTUNITY:an Overview of USDA’s Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 Farm to School Grantees’ Growing Achievements
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is committed to incorporating local and regional foods throughout its nutrition assistance programs, providing high-quality, nutritious foods to program participants and increasing economic opportunities for U.S. food producers. To achieve this goal, USDA encourages program participation across all types of agricultural producers and all types of program operators.
The USDA Farm to School Grant Program is one way schools, State agencies, Indian Tribal Organizations, producers, and nonpro t organizations are working together to incorporate local and regional foods into the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). This report explores the history and bene ts of farm to school programs across the country and dives deeper into the strategies and outcomes of USDA’s Farm to School Grant Program.