Missouri Farm to School

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Missouri Crunch Off

Use this toolkit to join the statewide Missouri Crunch Off activities to celebrate local farms and produce.

MO Crunch Off Toolkit (clickable)
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Farmers: Get started

Interested in getting your fresh, local produce to local schools? The Missouri FTS program provides marketing strategies and other considerations.

Get started (clickable)

Improving children's health, one meal at a time.

Salad bar selectionsFarm to School (FTS) is any activity connecting schools to local food and farms. The main goals of FTS are to serve fresh, high-quality, locally grown food in school cafeterias; to provide agriculture, health and nutrition education; and to support local and regional farmers.

Missouri Farm to School works with schools, farmers, vendors and communities to get more fresh, flavorful foods to local cafeterias. By increasing access to these foods, we not only help the littlest Missourians develop healthy, life-long eating habits, but we also support family farmers and our economy. What are you waiting for? Try a little local today!

Why Farm to School is important:

  • School children with lunch traysFTS has the ability to improve the quality of school meals, and it can also enable children to change dietary habits and select healthier foods.
  • Commercial fruit and vegetable varieties grown out-of-state often trade flavor for durability. With FTS, local produce growers can focus on quality of taste over shipping capability when selecting varieties and timing harvests.
  • People are seeking a connection to their food. In the age of processed food and food-borne illness outbreaks, more people value knowing their farmers and how the food they eat is raised.
  • While directly helping the bottom line of local farmers, FTS also benefits local schools and the community as a whole. By purchasing locally, more money stays in the community, supporting local businesses and the local tax base.

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