Nutrition Education – Farm To School

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Farm To School Information for Parents

Parents play an important role in Farm to School programs, and can be involved in bringing local produce into the cafeteria. First, it is important to understand that school food is highly regulated. Your food service director is working hard to produce meals that meet many sets of requirements.

Consider meeting with the food service director to learn more about the meal program and associated challenges. Find out if there are ways to support the food service director in bringing local food onto the menu. Parent volunteers can act as salad bar monitors or cheerleaders, encouraging students to try new produce. Parent donations can help purchase equipment necessary to prepare fresh, local foods.  Organizing a group of parents to eat lunch with their kids can get them engaged with school food issues and encourage students to try new cafeteria options.

School Wellness Policies

All schools receiving federal money for school lunch have a policy supporting nutrition education, physical activity, and healthy school meals. These wellness policies present an opportunity for districts to include language that is specific to Farm to School. You can get a copy of this policy and get involved in the School Wellness Policy Committee to become an informed advocate for a healthy school.

Bring the Lesson Home

Parents can reinforce the message of eating fresh fruits and vegetables with their children. Try to feature the same produce items at home as featured in Harvest of the Month or in the cafeteria. Farmers markets offer the opportunity to purchase fruits and veggies when they are in season and at the peak of flavor, making them much more appealing to kids. Did you know that recipients of CalFresh can use their benefits at every farmers market in Humboldt County?  The markets from McKinleyville to Garberville accept EBT, making it easier to access to fresh, local produce to share with your kids.

Resources

Example of Farm to School language in School Wellness Policies