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Farm to School
Students taste test root vegetables at Niagara Falls High School.
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In the Cafeteria

Every day, more than 100,000 schools and institutions serve school lunches to 29.8 million students.  If school lunch can be produced and consumed sustainably, be highly nutritious, taste great, and support the local economy, it is a win-win for everyone! 

Farm to School programs strive to show that school nutrition and the cafeteria are integral to the school day and the education of the whole student. This is done by incorporating local and seasonal foods into school meals, building expertise in school nutrition staff through professional development, reducing waste, and making nutritious food accessible to all students. Activities like taste tests and cooking lessons introduce students to new foods and empower them to make healthy choices that last a lifetime.

Niagara County Farm to School is here to support Food Service Directors, Cafeteria Managers, Food Service Workers, and Lunch Monitors in taking the steps to serve local foods and support local agriculture by offering staff training, procurement guidance, resources for marketing and promoting, and any other support your program may need.

Contact

Mollie McDonough
Farm to School Coordinator
mm2889@cornell.edu
(716) 433-8839 ext. 230

Last updated March 19, 2020