In 2010, the National Farm to School Network worked with Congress to pass legislation to declare October National Farm-to-School Month. Farm-to-School Month is a chance to highlight schools that are serving their students healthy, locally grown foods and by doing so improving child nutrition, supporting local economies and promoting nutrition education for students.
Each state has farm-to-school initiatives, but not every school district. Farm-to-School Month is also a chance for local communities to show their support for such initiatives to their local school boards.
There are many benefits of including locally grown foods in school meals. In schools, it can mean that children are exposed to a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and can teach them where their food actually comes from. For the community, it can mean an economic boost for local farmers.
For more information on how you can support Farm-to-School Month in your community, visit their website. The Farm to School Network also offers several resources you can use to promote the initiative in your area, including posters, logos, a communications toolkit and more. To stay up-to-date, follow @FarmtoSchool and #F2SMonth on Twitter.