[endhungerwi] October is National Farm to School Month

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                        October National Farm to School Month - An Opportunity 
to Celebrate and Educate

School lunches are a hot topic.  Farm to School programs have national 
attention.  Regardless of your program's size or scope, now is a great time to 
promote farm to school in your area.   

In November 2010, Congress approved a resolution introduced by Representative 
Rush Holt (NJ) to officially designate October as National Farm to School 
Month. To celebrate the first National Farm to School Month, schools across the 
country are encouraged to highlight Farm to School with some kind of special 
activity, such as inviting farmers and chefs to visit their school in October.  
Farm to School supporters could conduct a local produce taste test, contribute 
an article about farm to school to the school's newsletter, or help highlight 
local foods on the school menus (or lunch line).

The National Farm to School Network has developed a 
website www.farmtoschoolmonth.org to provide a host of resources and 
downloadable materials to promote Farm to School Month. We encourage you to use 
these materials as you plan events and activities in your community. Here's 
just a sample of the resources that have been developed for you:
        
-A Communications Toolkit contains basic information about promoting National 
Farm to School Month, including a sample press release, social media 
suggestions and sample newsletter language.
-Downloadable logos.
-A fact sheet that explains Farm to School and National Farm to School Month 
and offers suggestions for how teachers, families, school food service 
professionals and farmers can get involved throughout October and beyond.
- A PowerPoint slideshow including the Farm to School Month logo and basic 
facts and statistics about Farm to School. Customize it to fit your needs.
-A sample menu that shows how you might incorporate language about Farm to 
School Month into your cafeteria menu.


It is time to celebrate the connections that are happening in Wisconsin and all 
over the country between schools and local food! Please join the growing list 
of supporters of National Farm to School Month by signing up your school or 
organization by e-mailing info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  Help spread the word 
about National Farm to School Month! 

Thanks for all you do!

For information on WI Farm to School please visit: 
http://www.dpi.wi.gov/fns/f2s.html

To access WI Farm to School Toolkits for School Nutrition Directors and 
Producers (coming in October 2011):
http://www.cias.wisc.edu/toolkits/

For information promoting and advocating for the WI Farm to School Program, 
please visit:
http://makefarm2schoolhappen.org/
http://healthinpractice.org/projects/farm-to-school-programs 

For additional information, please visit:
National Farm to School:  http://www.farmtoschool.org/ ; 





Amber Canto, MPH, RD, CD
Poverty and Food Security Specialist
University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
432 N. Lake Street (Room 335)
Madison, WI 53706
Office: 608.265.4975
Fax: 608.265.0787
Email: amber.canto@xxxxxxxxxxxx






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