Farm to School and the Child Nutrition Act

Improving school meals through advocating federal support for farm-to-school programs

Field of Work: Improving school meals

Problem Synopsis: Soaring food and energy costs, the lure of fast food, tight state budgets and low federal reimbursement rates have prevented schools from providing healthier and tastier meals. In 2009 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified farm-to-school programs as an effective vehicle for improving the quality of student meals and enhancing nutrition education.

Synopsis of the Work: The Community Food Security Coalition, based in Portland, Ore., enlisted support for farm-to-school programs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); among food activists inside and outside the coalition; and among food service staff, teachers, parents and students.

Key Results

  • In a report to and interview the Community Food Security Coalition reported that project staff secured USDA support for seven of 10 recommendations on food-to-school programs promoted by the coalition.