'Big Day of Action' urges Congress to support Farm to School

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 recently expired and National Farm to School Network supporters across the country are calling on Congress to pass a new version of the bill (also known as the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization or CNR.)

The 2010 act established mandatory funding of $5 million annually for a USDA Farm to School Grant Program to improve access to local foods and food education in schools.

Demand for the program is more than five times higher than available funding, according to the National Farm to School Network, resulting in the introduction of a Farm to School Act of 2015 to Congress.

The proposed bill includes making preschools, summer food service program sites and after school programs eligible entities to participate in farm to school, increasing funding from $5 million to $15 million, increasing access to local foods among tribal schools, and improving program participation from farmers.

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and supporters of farm to school are participating in today's Big Day of Action to urge Congress to pass a strong CNR that includes the Farm to School Act.

If you want to support local farms and healthy kids, here's how you can join in the Big Day of Action:

  • Share your story about why farm to school is important to your community by posting a photo of your school garden, orchard or greenhouse on social media using the hashtags: #moreF2SinCNR and #farmtoschool.

  • Tweet or call your legislator to voice your support

  • Sign on your support online as a citizen or organization here

  • Schedule a field trip to a local farm or invite parents and local policymakers to a school lunch this fall.

  • Donate to the National Farm to School Network here.

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