Celebrate School Breakfast Week by showcasing Texas ingredients.

Celebrate School Breakfast Week
March 2-6, 2015

This year’s School Breakfast Week (SBW) theme, The Smart Way to Start Your Day – Breakfast, shows students the importance of eating a nutritious breakfast that includes Texas products.

Access TDA’s online SBW toolkit and plan a successful celebration. Resources are all available now, including:
• Suggested menu with recipes
• Suggested menu component contributions for meal pattern
• Menu calendar template
• Thumbnails of cafeteria signage
• Suggested morning announcements

For the latest news regarding SBW, please click here.

Local Products Challenge

Spotlight Texas ingredients featured in breakfasts served March 2-6, and receive TDA recognition.

Pledge your participation today!

Celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week

It's not too early to start planning for Every Kid Healthy™ Week, April 19-25. This annual celebration brings schools, students, parents and community members together to recognize school wellness achievements through fun, engaging and health- focused events.

Want to get involved?
If you work in a school, this is your opportunity to host a lively health-promoting event. Events can range from health and wellness fairs, to healthy food taste tests, to fun runs, schools gardens and more.

Learn more about Every Kid Healthy Week and register your event at http://everykidhealthyweek.org.

Farm to School News 

2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Request for Application Released
Proposals due March 24, 2015

TDA has announced the competitive solicitation to award 2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of Texas specialty crops. The Request for Application (RFA), application and instruction documents may be found here.

Funding Available for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)has made more than $18 million in funding available to help educate and mentor new agricultural producers and enhance the sustainability of farms for generations to come. BFRDP is administered by USDA's National Institute for Food and Agriculture and the funding announcement was made by USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden.

Organizations that provide workshops, training and technical assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers are eligible for grant funding. The next round of applications is due March 13, 2015. Learn more here.

Local Food Promotion Program Grant

USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program offers grant funds to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises. The goal is to increase consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products and develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. 

More information about this grant opportunity is available here.

Farm to School Resource Spotlight

Farm to School Tools for Community Members

Community members play a vital role in successful farm to school projects. Whether you are interested in seeing an increased amount of local products served in school meals or incorporating classroom or garden-based educational efforts that teach students about local food and food systems check out these resources that provide a starting ground for how to get involved.

Farm to School Spotlight Story

Brady ISD Tower Gardens Make Nutrition Fun and Educational

Tower gardens are the latest tool being used by Sarah Smith, child nutrition director for Brady ISD, as a way to combine good nutrition with innovative education for students. The towers are plastic cylinders with plants growing out of holes that are spaced up and down the tower. In just a year and a half, these towers have shown Brady ISD what they’re made of by generating an impressive amount of lettuce, tomatoes, kale and other vegetables — all of which has been used in the cafeterias for school lunches. Read the full story here

Texas schools rose to the challenge and participated in TDA’s Local Products Challenge!

In celebration of 2014 National School Lunch Week (NSLW), Texas schools helped students “Score Big with a Healthy Texas Lunch” while celebrating Texas agriculture with the Local Products Challenge. TDA created the Cream of the Crop Award to honor Local Products Challenge participants that incorporated a weekly average of three or more Texas products each day into school meals during NSLW. 

Read the full story spotlighting challenge participants and the Cream of the Crop Award recipients here.

Contact TDA

Alyssa Herold
Farm to School Program Specialist
Direct: (512) 463-1209
Toll Free: (877) TEX-MEAL

Connect with Others

Texas Statewide Farm to School Network
(LinkedIn Group) 

This LinkedIn Group is an online network connecting schools, producers, support organizations and community members with important information about expanding farm to school efforts in Texas.

Join Today!

Grant Opportunities

Food & Nutrition related grants

TDA Grants

USDA Grants

Upcoming Webinars

Overview of the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census
Tuesday, March 3 at noon

This webinar will provide an overview about the upcoming 2015 USDA Farm to School Census, including information about the Census questionnaire, survey invitation process and timeline for data collection and analysis. It is open to all farm to school stakeholders.  Registration is not required. To join on March 3, simply click here.

USDA Growing Roots in Farm to School Webinar Series

USDA Farm to School staff and guest speakers have just what you need to start or expand your farm to school program in the new year. This 11-part webinar series will help you build your farm to school skills and develop new strategies for bringing local foods into the lunchroom. Go here to see the full schedule.

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