Farm to School

October is full of agricultural recognition, including celebrating Farm to School Month.

The Missouri Farm to School Program began in November 2015 as a way to connect Missouri farmers and schools in order to provide locally grown agriculture products for inclusion in school meals and snacks, and to strengthen local farming economies. 

Farm to School programs are happening across Missouri and range from serving up locally grown fruit, vegetables and other food products in each meal to simply highlighting a local product as it is served. Large and small, each program has value and supports the health and well-being of students and teachers, as well as the livelihood of Missouri family farmers. 

Missouri's school nutrition professionals, farmers and ranchers are recognized as heroes and celebrated for their leadership to ensure the students of Missouri are fed, even in times of emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As a part of Farm to School Month, Missouri is one of many states participating in the Mountain Plains Region Crunch Off. Schools, community groups, farmers, local food enthusiasts and more are encouraged to celebrate the wonderful produce the region has to offer. These "crunch" efforts will encourage healthy eating while helping to shine a spotlight on the wonderful efforts our school food service partners make on a daily basis. 

To learn more and register for the Crunch Off event, click here.

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