Southern Tier Farm to School Program
The Food & Health Network of South Central NY’s farm to school program aims to build a sustainable regional supply chain, integrate local food and agriculture in the cafeteria, classroom, and community, and empower students through increased access to and education on local, healthy food. Check a full year of NY Thursday menus below!
Our partners include the Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service, DCMO-BOCES Food Service, Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County, participating farms, hubs, and process, and the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets.
The Food and Health Network provides programming support, communications, and project coordination in the following areas:
- Procurement: farm, food-hub, and processor outreach, identifying available products, assisting producers and schools with geographic preference bids.
- Processing: identifying school processing needs and solutions both in and outside of school kitchens.
- Transportation: coordinating transportation logistics and identifying innovative solutions.
- Promotion & Education: conducting taste tests to gauge student preferences and introduce new local foods. Developing promotional materials to raise farm to school awareness and involve staff and students. Linking education in the classroom and cafeteria.
- Creating School Community Food Systems: catalyzing collaborations in local communities to help support and celebrate local agriculture and healthy eating.
2018 -19 Procurement Needs: Southern Tier Farm to School Program
Participating school districts in Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego Counties are looking for fresh and value-added products, including fruit, vegetables, meat, and dairy, to use in school lunches.
10 school districts are also part of the NY Thursday Lunch Program, which serves an entirely NYS mean on the second Thursday of the month.
How to Get Involved:
- Take a look at our “Selling to School Districts: The Basics” reference sheet for information about local procurement.
- Contact us and let us know who you are, where you are from, and what products you might be interested in selling to schools. We’ll follow up as soon as you can and work together to see if we can make it happen!
Contact FaHN Farm to School Coordinator Christian DiRado-Owens at email@example.com or 607-692-7669 if you are interested in participating.
2017 – 18 Program Impacts:
- Students Participating: 16,725
- Economic Impact to Local Farms, Food Hubs & Processors: $60,000 in sales
- Quantity of NYS Food Purchased: 80,000 lbs through June 2018
- Farms, Food Hubs, Processors Involved: Reeves Farms, Headwater Food Hub, Finger Lakes Fresh Food Hub, Crooked Carrot, Main Street Farms, Russell Farms, Cascun Farm, Lone Maple Farm, Lupos, Our Green Acres
- Local Food in School Meals: apples, pears, dehydrated apple chips, strawberries, watermelon, applesauce, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, kale, corn, potatoes (whole and chopped), shredded carrots, sweet peppers (diced & frozen) cabbage/carrot coleslaw mix, diced beet and carrot medley, butternut squash, onions, chicken (drumsticks, diced, ground), beef, cheddar cheese
NY Thursday Menus: