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Farm To School


NE Regional Food Systems Summit

10th National Farm to Cafeteria ConferenceThe 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is just four months away, and now is the time to start planning! With 40 skill-building workshops, 10 experiential field trips, inspiring keynote addresses, valuable networking time, and a showcase of New Mexico’s vibrant local food culture, this biennial event hosted by the National Farm to School Network is an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network with food systems leaders from across the country. Early Bird registration opens in January. Save $50 on regular registration pricing and secure a seat on your first-choice field trip! Visit to learn more.

Crunch Off

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Crunch Off

2019 Champion!



2019 NE Crunch Off

  • Region-wide, with 9 states (Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming), total Crunches: 352,534!
  • Nebraska total Crunches: 88,812 which was 4. 58% of the state population
  • Nebraska Crunchers spent an estimated total of $14,323.86

Congratulations to the following schools who have been selected to receive a Nebraska Thursdays 2019 Mini-Grants!

The purpose of this funding is to expand Nebraska Thursdays, a program which supports serving Nebraska-sourced meals in schools the first Thursday of each month. A total of $5,265 in mini-grant funds have been awarded and will assist schools with implementation and promotion of Nebraska Thursdays, and provide expansion of local food, agriculture, and/or garden-based education. Mini-grants have been funded by the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.

ANNOUNCE FY20 NT Mini Grant Awarded Sites

Nebraska Beef in Schools

America’s cattle producers are committed to providing a highly nutritious protein to families across the world and their local communities. The Nebraska producers and the Nebraska Beef Council are working to put nutritious beef on school lunch trays.

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The Northeast Nebraska Cattlemen and the Wayne County Farm Bureau cooked up fresh hamburgers for students in Wayne Community Schools to kick off this year’s Nebraska Thursdays.

Grants and Funding

The National One Earth Award, sponsored in part by the Salamander Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation, provides four students whose creative works address the pressing issue of human-caused climate change with $1,000 scholarships. Additional state scholarships of $500 are available to two students from each of the following states: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. This award is part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. The Awards encourage, publish, and grant scholarships to creative teens. Learn more about the One Earth Award.

Slow Food believes biodiversity is key to a sustainable, adaptable — and delicious — future. The Plant a Seed kit features six seed packets: three from the Ark of Taste, and three from Row 7. There is a limited number of free kits available for school gardens, request your free kit.

The Salad Bars To Schools program is focused on donating salad bars to school districts so every child across our nation has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  Learn everything you need to know about salad bars to schools grants.

Nebraska schools are getting involved in farm to school.


Farm to school is a win across the board for students, school staff, parents, communities, farmers and food producers. Learn more about the many benefits of farm to school at; and additional economic benefits in the Economic Impacts of Farm to School report.

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Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

Contact us at:

NDE – Nutrition Services
(402) 471-2488

Updated January 14, 2020 4:39pm