Food Waste Discount by Farm to School Programs

Posted by Monique Feeny, Supervisory Management Services Specialist, USDA Food and Nutrition Service in

Food and Nutrition

Oct 27, 2022

Kids working in a garden bed

October is Farm to School Month! The USDA Farm to School Program helps faculties incorporate native meals into meal packages and helps native meals and agriculture schooling by grants, analysis, and technical help. Less plate waste could also be a profit for faculties implementing farm to high school. According to the 2019 School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study (SNMCS), roughly 21 p.c of energy accessible in class lunches have been wasted – 31 p.c of greens and 41 p.c of milk have been discarded from lunch trays. Evidence from the SNMCS signifies participation in a farm to high school program was related to a decrease share of waste for energy within the School Breakfast Program, and better participation within the National School Lunch Program.

Farm to high school can embody serving native meals in meals, rising faculty gardens, and composting meals scraps. A USDA Farm to School Grant is a good way for faculties to get began. Boulder Valley School District in Colorado used a part of their 2019 USDA Farm to School Grant to handle meals waste by making a district-wide composting program and monitoring meals waste in kitchens and cafeterias.

Applications are being accepted now for USDA Farm to School Grants, and USDA expects to award as much as $12 million in aggressive grants to eligible entities in Fiscal Year 2023. Learn extra concerning the FY23 Farm to School Grants. Complete functions should be submitted on by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday January 6, 2023.

Learn about different funding alternatives that assist meals loss and waste discount, and join the USDA Food Loss and Waste publication to obtain updates. Stay updated on the most recent Farm to School information by subscribing to the month-to-month Farm to School e-Letter, The Dirt.

Visit USDA’s Food Loss and Waste web site for extra details about USDA’s Food Loss and Waste efforts.

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