This Week in farm to school: 8/16/16
Every week, we share opportunities, action items and a selection of media stories that relate to the farm to school movement. To submit an item for consideration, send us an email. To be considered, content should be of national interest to the farm to school community.
Grants & Funding
1. Voices for Healthy Kids Grants
Voices for Healthy Kids has two funding opportunities now accepting applications: Strategic Campaign Funds Open RFA and Incubator Grants. The goal of the grant opportunities is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Voices for Healthy Kids is focusing efforts in schools, community, and out-of-school time/early care and education. Applications are due August 18 (Incubator Grants) and September 1 (Open RFA). Learn more here.
Webinars & Events
1. Webinar: Innovative Distribution Strategies for Increasing Access to Local and Healthy Foods
August 17, 2-3pm ET
This webinar will provide strategies on how community health organizations can help expand the availability and quality of affordable healthy food, including locally-grown food, as part of a comprehensive approach to supporting equitable and healthy communities. Subject matter experts will share the results on a national study of small store food distribution strategies. Community presenters will share stories from three healthy corner store programs, each using different innovative distribution models including food hubs, gleaning (or collecting excess fresh foods), working with community gardens and urban agriculture, hub-and-spoke delivery systems, and leveraging The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs. Learn more and register here.
2. Registration Open: Growing Power’s Urban and Small Farms Conference 2016
November 18-20 // Milwaukee, WI
Every two years, hundreds of people from around the world travel to Milwaukee to participate in an intensive three day conference that covers urban aquaculture, urban farming, planning strategies, education, youth programming, food policy and food justice. The conference theme for 2016 is Let's Scale it Up! Growing Food and Farmers: Best practices in growing, distribution and community building. It is time for the Good Food Revolution to scale up and really push ourselves to move beyond just one garden or one market but how can we make things better for ourselves, our neighbors, and our world. Learn more about the conference and register here.
Research & Resources
1. Research: The Influence of School Nutrition Programs on the Weight of Low-Income Children
This study reiterates the link between schools meals and obesity in low income children, and identifies farm to school as a potential policy strategy for improving school meal programs’ effectiveness at promoting better nutrition. An overview of the study is available here.
Farm to school in the news
Rootstock Radio: Farm to School with Anupama Joshi
Last week on Rootstock Radio, co-host Anne O’Connor spoke with Anupama Joshi, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the National Farm to School Network, about the benefits of farm to school and healthier school meals. Listen here.
Foundation acquires farm to provide fresh produce to D.C.’s poorest areas
The Bainum Family Foundation has acquired a 263-acre farm and plans to distribute produce — seasonal vegetables such as kale, chard, broccoli and squash — to early childhood centers and schools, develop an educational program about food, and sell some of its produce through a mobile market in some of D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods. The Washington Post
Good to Grow: Back-to-School Gardens
It's almost back-to-school time, which means many students will soon be heading back into school garden. Learn how schools are creating and maintaining different types of school gardens with the help of Master Gardeners. KETP Radio
Read past editions of This Week for more funding opportunities, webinars and events, jobs, and ways to take action to support farm to school growth across the country.