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Connecting farmers to school cafeteria personnel just got a whole lot easier in the Cornhusker State.
Our friends at the Gretchen Swanson Center for Childhood Nutrition launched a new online toolkit this week that helps school officials, food producers or distributors looking to add more local food into school lunch menus through a farm-to-school program. The toolkit helps walk people through the process of procuring local foods, from simply finding food sources to understanding the seasonality of different goods that are produced in Nebraska, according to a Center press release.
The toolkit is available at

Center Executive Director Amy Yaroch says she and her team realized that school officials, food producers and school food advocates needed additional help launching farm-to-school programs as they studied its feasibility in Douglas County, Neb. “This toolkit will serve as a one-stop resource for anyone looking for a step-by-step guide to Farm to School along with the links, templates and tools to make it happen in any school district,” Yaroch says.

Special Shout-Out. Congratulations to our friends at FoodFight, who were profiled in The New York Times on Oct. 26. We interviewed FoodFight's Deborah Lewison-Grant back in May about FoodFight's mission, which is to educate high schoolers about the corporate food landscape and help them learn to make better food choices.