A Guide for Using Local Food in Schools
This guide is designed to help schools, and particularly food service, reconnect with local food systems through their school food programs. Known as the “Farm to Cafeteria” or “Farm to School” movement, this nationwide trend in school food purchasing is directly changing the way children eat at school while supporting and strengthening local agriculture. Vermont FEED is proud to be part of this movement. This manual is intended for school food service directors, managers, and staff who are interested in making — or are already making — changes to the food students eat at school. This manual can also be used by farmers, teachers, school administrators, and parents as a resource for farm to school projects.
Every school, every school food service, is unique and, therefore, the application and relevancy of the information in this guide will vary from school to school. Our intent is to present aspects of local purchasing and stories of successful implementation and challenges to get you started on your own path to reconnecting your school food to your local food system.
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