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Farm Fresh Spotlight Stories

Schools Recognized with the Platinum Pear Award

Texas schools rose to the challenge and included TDA’s Local Products Challenge in their celebrations of 2015 School Breakfast Week (SBW). TDA recognized participants that incorporated a weekly average of three or more Texas products each day into breakfasts during SBW, with the Platinum Pear Award during a recent award ceremony.

Read the full story, which includes a full list of Platinum Pear Award winners, here.

Something New in Irving ISD

Irving ISD has implemented the new Sample Something New program to educate students about nutrition by starting important discussions about healthy foods. This initiative involves a district- wide sampling and education event focusing on a Texas grown fruit or vegetable that is in season during the time of the event.

Read the full story here.



Farm to School
 

Celebrate Texas Agriculture and Local Products in Schools with Farm Fresh Fridays and the Local Products Challenge

Farm to school activities like Farm Fresh Fridays provide a solid foundation for establishing lifelong healthy habits, promoting student health and strengthening local economies.

Farm Fresh Fridays offers a new and exciting way to engage young minds and help students develop strong, sustainable connections to local food, farmers and ranchers. Plus, it adds local flavor to school menus and teaches students about Texas agriculture when they enjoy local products in school meals.

Take the Local Products Challenge
Each year, TDA challenges schools to use more Texas products in cafeteria meals, with the Local Products Challenge and recognizes participants that complete the challenge.

Participate in this year’s Local Products Challenge! Go here to learn more and sign up. 

Resource Spotlight
Celebrate National School Lunch Week (NSLW), October 12-16, by highlighting local ingredients on menus.

TDA has prepared a weeklong menu that can help students Discover the Great Plate of Texas with a Healthy School Lunch for NSLW. Start planning NSLW celebrations now by downloading the suggested menu and shopping list.

Plan a local Farm Fresh Fridays celebration or educational activity, using this newly-created resource, that provides activity ideas for students in various grades.

Additional resources to support NLSW celebrations will be available soon.



Farm to Child Care

New USDA Website and Guidance
 
USDA has posted guidance and resources on the new USDA Farm to Preschool website. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sites and sponsors will find resources for incorporating local foods and using related activities in their programs.

The Local Foods in CACFP Policy Memo is also on the website and it encourages program administrators and partners to enhance CACFP operations and environment by incorporating more local foods.

Resource Spotlight
Funmi & Friends Video

This TDA-developed video is an educational tool for parents and child care providers, to help teach children ages 2-5 about agriculture and the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. The video takes children on a visit to an urban farm where fruits and vegetables are grown. The video’s stars, Funmi, Sunny and Julie B, also create a healthy snack using fresh produce.

Go here for a copy of the video.



Farm to Summer Site

Farm to site activities for Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option program operators include using locally sourced ingredients in meals and snacks, creating garden-based learning environments, adding nutrition education to enrichment activities, and connecting children with local farmers and ranchers. Summer is an ideal time to offer local, seasonal fruits and vegetables during their peak growing season to ensure that children learn the benefits of enjoying foods that are fresh and tasty.

TDA wants to hear from you!
Is there a Farm to Summer Site program in your community? If so, TDA would like to learn more about the success. Please email Alyssa Herold with information.

Resource Spotlight
New Farm to Summer Site Online Toolkit Available

TDA has developed an online toolkit to provide information and sample models of how sites participating in the summer meal programs can purchase local products and incorporate nutrition and agriculture into enrichment activities. The toolkit also provides information for Texas agricultural producers interested in getting involved with local farm to summer site initiatives.

Access the toolkit today and start connecting local summer meal programs to local agriculture!

Contact TDA

Alyssa Herold
Coordinator for Farm Fresh Initiatives
Direct: (512) 463-1209
Toll Free: (877) TEX-MEAL

Connect with Others

Texas Farm Fresh Statewide Network
(LinkedIn Group) 

This LinkedIn Group is intended to connect schools, child care centers, summer meal program participants, producers, support organizations & community members interested in expanding local food purchasing & educational efforts.

Join Today!

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