Published Online: March 1, 2011
Published in Print: March 2, 2011, as School Meals

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"Capitol Facts & Figure: Farm-to-School Programs"

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Nationally, farm-to-school programs have increased from fewer than 10 in 1997 to more than 2,000 in 33 states in 2008, according to a January reportRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader by the Council of State Governments.

New laws, grants, and pilot programs have spurred the movement, which aims to connect schools with local farms and serve cafeteria meals made with those locally grown foods. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also created a Farm-to-School Team in 2009 to help link schools and local food producers.

Studies have shown that children will eat more fruits and vegetables when they have easy access to a variety of high-quality fresh items and if they participate in educational activities that are fun and feature these foods.

Vol. 30, Issue 22, Page 5

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