Optimal local foods procurement in the National School Lunch Program: an analysis of potential impacts of Farm to School policies on procurement practices in three Northern Colorado school districts
The most recent Farm to School (FTS) Census reported 23.6 million students in 42,587 schools (representing 42% of surveyed school districts) participated in FTS, with 77% of schools participating by procuring food locally (FNS 2014b). FTS connects K-12 students and local farms in an effort to increase the availability of healthy, local foods in school cafeterias, improve student nutrition, provide health and nutrition education opportunities, and increase market opportunities for small and medium-sized farms. Participation in FTS has been accompanied by legislative support at both the State and ...
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