Farm to School
The strength of our Farm to School program in the Southern Tier is due to a diverse and passionate group of partners, whose goal is to bring healthy food to students and support regional producers. Learn more about our policies, partnerships, and history here.
No Student Goes Hungry NY!
Hunger is a reality for 1 in 5 children in Broome County and nearly 2.7 million people in NY State. In 2018 Governor Cuomo passed the 15th Proposal, No Student Goes Hungry NY, which details a five-point plan to fight food insecurity across the state. This piece of legislation invests in Farm to School work that supports school nutrition programs, agriculture in NY state, and student health and well-being.
Please read more about this legislation here.
History of Farm to School
FaHN has worked with school food service, farms, and community partners for ten years to develop a successful and collaborative farm to school program. FaHN’s experience includes coordinating school food procurement; conducting outreach to producers and providing technical assistance; developing transportation and distribution infrastructure; and implementing programs and policies that support school-wide culture of health through wellness committees and experiential learning. In 2017 FaHN launched the NY Thursday meal program, which now involves twice monthly menus centered around local foods. All 15 school districts within Broome Tioga BOCES offered NY Thursdays during the 2018 – 2019 school year, resulting in over $449,000 in sales to local farms. FaHN has also recently started supporting farm to school in Delaware, Chenango, and Otsego Counties.
The Farm to School AmeriCorps Program, launched in 2018, builds on 12 years of successful operation of a regional AmeriCorps and VISTA national service program. Through the Farm to School Corps, AmeriCorps members work as part of a team to develop, implement, grow, and evaluate programs to bring healthy, local food to students. Members work with staff, students, parents, farms, and community partners to increase capacity for hands-on learning, local procurement, and creating a school-wide culture of health. RHN is also an active supporter of school garden programs and awarded $1,250 to support garden expansion, education, and student volunteerism at five school districts in 2019.