USDA study: Farm-to-school programs boost school meal participation

USDA study: Farm-to-school programs boost school meal participation

Preliminary Farm to School Census data also shows programs growing 55 percent in a three-year span.

Preliminary Farm to School Census data for school year 2013-2014 indicates that strong farm to school programs can increase the number of students purchasing school breakfast and lunch, improve consumption of healthier foods at school and reduce plate waste. The data also shows that schools purchased nearly $600 million worth of food locally in 2013-2014, a 55 percent increase over 2011-2012, when the first Farm to School Census was conducted.

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