In June 2020 Community FARE received the great news that we were awarded a USDA grant to support implementation of Frederick County Farm to School. Community FARE launched the program in 2018; due to USDA and other partner support we have been able to keep the program moving forward. We are grateful to USDA for this recent grant that supports us for 2 years, in which time we will work hard to broaden our community base and partnerships to ensure the long-term sustainability and survivability of this excellent work. We welcome your involvement!
– Growing for a Healthier Tomorrow. Janice Wiles, Director, Community FARE
In June 2018 the USDA awarded Community FARE, in partnership with the Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) financial and technical support for Farm to School (F2S) planning. The grant supports preparing an Action Plan to integrate locally grown fruits and vegetables into the meals at five elementary schools: Lincoln, Hillcrest, Monocacy, North Frederick and Waverly. The plan will also explore how to work fresh food into the kids’ education and examine how to integrate fruits and vegetables into all FCPS meals.
Farmer to School, Chefs in School, Garden at School!
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F2S around the nation Schools first started using local foods in school meals, planting edible school gardens, and teaching students about where their food comes from in the early 1990’s. Today, these activities, in addition to many others, are taking root all across the country. Farm to school programs are thriving in every state and Washington, DC. They stimulate local and regional economies, improve children’s health and nutrition and create widespread school and community benefits (USDA Office of Community Food Systems).