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USDA offers free webinar to help organizations start or expand farm to school efforts

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Washington – The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a free webinar on Oct. 7, featuring information about starting or expanding Farm to School efforts in your community.

“This webinar will serve as a powerful resource by helping participants find the supporting materials they need to assist them in their Farm to School efforts,” said Robert Keeney, Deputy Administrator of the Fruit and Vegetable Programs.

The Farm to School initiative is an effort to connect schools with regional or local farms in order to serve healthy meals using locally produced foods. Farm to School activities may vary from community to community; however, the basic goals remain the same: to meet the diverse needs of school nutrition programs in an efficient manner, to support regional and local farmers and thereby strengthen local food systems, and to provide support for health and nutrition education.

Since the passage of the National School Lunch Act in 1946, key legislation has played an essential role in providing children with access to healthier meals. Programs like the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) have provided nutritionally balanced and low-cost or free meals and snacks to children each school day.

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