Farm to School State Legislation. Community Food Security Coalition National Farm to School Program October 10, 2006. California SB 281. Establishes the CA Fresh Start Program that provides an additional 10 cents per meal for fruits and vegetables.
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Community Food Security Coalition
National Farm to School Program
October 10, 2006
• Requires testing and sampling of produce as part of nutrition education, which may include purchases of local product for this purpose.
For more information, go to:
http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/house/ht04pdf/ht04429.pdf (section 28)
• Establishes a farm to school program, instructing the Dept. of Agriculture and Markets and the Dept. of Education to work together to link farmers and schools.
http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menugetf.cgi?COMMONQUERY=LAWS GMU General Municipal, Article 5-A. Then click on 103.
• Staff shall be made available from the departments of Health, Education and Human Services to assist in implementation of the program.
- seek grant funding and private donations for the program
- develop a web site to assist farmers in coordinating fresh food procurement.
Schools or School Districts
Establishes a mini-grant program for the purchase of:
• equipment, resources and materials to increase local purchasing
• purchase local farm products and other items for hands-on education about nutrition and agriculture
• provide professional development for teachers to educate students about farm to school connections.
The maximum amount of each mini-award is $15,000.
The Dept. of Agric. will make one-time awards to the Vermont food venture center or other processing entity that:
• processes local products for schools or institutional markets
• or rents processing equipment to farmers
Food Service Personnel
The Commissioner of Education shall provide training sessions including information on:
• purchasing and serving local foods
• nutrition and obesity prevention
• train people to provide technical assistance to food service providers.
• A report shall be made to the
appropriate legislative committees on
strategies of how to increase the use of
Vermont products by state entities.