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Farm To School

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Congratulations to the 2020 USDA Farm to School grantees!

Burwell Public Schools received a Planning Grant to develop a farm to school action plan and will “explore new relationships with local agricultural producers for food procurement, school garden and greenhouse opportunities, recipe development and taste testing events for students.”

Nebraska Department of Education was also awarded with a Farm to School grant and will be collaborating with Nebraska Extension to increase capacity for farm to school across the state, and will deliver a Nebraska Farm to School Institute in 2021. Stay tuned for more information!

NEBRASKA FARM TO SCHOOL INFORMATION

WEBINARS AND EVENTS

National Farm to School Network has a new blog that shares social distancing & family-friendly farm to ECE activity ideas to help little ones engage in gardening, cooking & healthy eating every day of the week. Read more here.

National Farm to School Network and the 10th National Farm to Cafeteria planning committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, originally scheduled for April 2020 and then rescheduled for April 2021. More information and details can be found here.

Horizon Organic is opening up the barn doors for Summer Camp! Kids and families are invited to tune-in to this summer camp video series to get a behind-the-scenes look at farm life. Throughout July, Horizon will be sharing fun and education activities – like creative ways to upcycle milk cartons, how to milk a cow, and a farm tour – on their YouTube page. Check-in weekly to see what’s new at camp! Watch the summer camp video series here: www.youtube.com/HorizonDairy

RESEARCH AND RESOURCES

National Farm to School Network is compiling resources related to COVID-19 that will be relevant to the farm to school and farm to early care and education community. View the list here. They are also launching a new weekly e-newsletter to highlight newly available resources and information relevant to the farm to school and ECE community. Anyone can sign up for this free weekly e-newsletter here.

USDA’s “Meals for Kids” interactive map directs people to local sites where kids can get free meals. The site finder currently lists more than 20,000 meal sites from 23 states, and more sites will be added as states submit data each week. The map is available in both English and Spanish at www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids.

GRANTS AND FUNDING

Calling all Principals, School Nutrition Managers, School Nutrition Directors and District Superintendents! GENYOUth is providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19. From soft-sided coolers, bags and containers for individual servings, to protective gear for food service sanitation and safety, this equipment will help ensure our children continue to receive the nutritious meals they need. Learn more here.

Working Here Fund has a $10,000 grant option for smaller communities (population of 5,000 or less) for a project with long-term goals  and a project budget of $10,000+ (funding only available for up to 50% of total budget).

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.

These grants provide funds for additional equipment to create “grab and go” curbside meal pickups at schools and other locations within the community. School districts (not individual schools) providing meals during school closures as a result of COVID-19 may apply for as many sites/schools that can use equipment. Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis until all funds are awarded. Learn more and apply here.

CELEBRATING Nebraska Thursdays 2019 Mini-Grants, awarded to these schools thanks to support and funds from the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.

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.

NDE Good Newsletter

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.

Nebraska schools are getting involved in farm to school.

Benefits

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 farmtoschool.org; and additional economic benefits in the Economic Impacts of Farm to School report.

USDA Greenhouse

Photo courtesy of the USDA

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
NDE.F2S@nebraska.gov
(402) 471-2488

Updated August 14, 2020 10:28am