Farm to School is broadly defined as a program that connects schools and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers. Farm to School brings healthy food from local farms to school children nationwide.
The program teaches students about the path from farm to fork, and instills healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime. The Farm to School approach helps children understand where their food comes from and how their food choices impact their bodies, the environment and their communities at large.
From just a few in the late 1990’s, Farm to School programs have spread to approximately over 2,000 in 2010 spanning all 50 states.