With so many elements of Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015 hotly contested, it's good to know we can be bullish about Farm to School. After a successful first round of USDA grants under CNR 2010, advocates are hoping to leverage strong bipartisan support to triple funding to $15M. But as the Farm to School movement matures, the conversation is not just about new grants. It's about institutionalizing the presence of local food in schools, and how else this year's CNR can help that happen. This program was brought to you by Cain Vineyard & Winery.
"Farm to School is simple a bi-partisan issue....it's one of those issues that works across the isle. It affects child health as much as it does farmer wealth. Since February we've continued to get more members of Congress to want to jump on the bill and support it. It's a real opportunity to make other school meal programs just work better. When kids are growing the food in school gardens and meeting the farmer they have that connection. They're gonna be more willing to taste and try and like new and healthier foods." [13:00]
--Helen Dombalis on Inside School Food
"The obstacles [in implementing Farm to School in Kentucky] still lie with procurement and distribution. They present our biggest challenge." [23:00]
--Tina Garland on Inside School Food