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.
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).