Sharing ideas, tools, and resources to support a range of efforts to serve local foods in school and early childcare and education food programs.
Farm to School centers around efforts to serve local foods in school and early childcare and education food programs, but applies to a variety of initiatives in Indiana, including school garden programs, fundraisers using local agricultural products, farmer visits to school classrooms and cafeterias and field trips to nearby farms.
In order to sell to schools, local growers must comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act flowchart.
It is recommended for food service directors to buy from producers who are registered with the Indiana State Department of Health Food Protection Program and receive Produce Safety Alliance Good Agricultural Practices Growers Training. For a list of registered growers, click here.
- 10 Facts About Local Food in School Cafeterias-This fact sheet from the USDA explains how the agency supports the procurement of local food and which programs can be used to source local.
- Optimizing Prepackaged Salads & Serving Lines with Local Foods
- Optimizing Salad Bars with Local Foods
- School Food Service Success Stories
- Procuring Local Foods Guide
- Step by Step Procurement Guide
- Indiana Producer Success Stories
- Informal Procurement (less than $150,000):
- For additional information on using an informal bid process. Click here for a fact sheet on properly procuring local foods.
- Formal Procurement (more than $150,000):
- Contact your State Agency for the process and proper steps. Click here for a fact sheet on properly procuring local foods.
For information and resources on nutrition education and school gardens, visit Purdue Extension’s Farm to School page here.
For questions about Farm to School, please contact Maggie Schabel by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (317) 232-2130 or toll free (800) 537-1142 (ext. 22130).
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