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Parents and Community Members

The following resources will help parents support their schools' Farm to School efforts.


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Find Local Foods

Links to local producers.

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Grow, Cook and Eat Local Food

Resources from University of Minnesota and others.

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Wellness Policies

Tools for understanding school food policies.

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Fundraisers

Guides and resources for fundraising.

Recommended Resources

Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act: What Farmers Should Know (513 K PDF) — University of Minnesota Extension — The change in nutrition standards for school food provides an increase in the amount of produce served to students, and diversifies the array of products. Review this fact sheet to learn about what fruits and vegetables schools are looking to source.

Farm to School Field Guide for Parents & Community MembersCommunity Alliance with Family Farmers' Farm to School Initiative — This short guide provides parents with helpful tips to make a difference in their school's Farm to School program, including building a Farm to School team, connecting with teachers in the classroom, and improving a school's wellness policy.

Farm to PreschoolNational Farm to School Network — Farm to fork programming has been expanded to include child care centers. Access resources and policy ideas here.

School Food BudgetsMichigan Farm to School — Brief explanation of typical school food funding, costs, and procurement to help you understand the budgetary conditions under which most school food service programs operate.

The Cost of School LunchSchool Food Focus — Only one dollar is spent on food in the average school lunch. Learn more about what affects the price of school lunch.

USDA Commodity Foods in School Lunch

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Action for Healthy Kids

Farm to Preschool

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