At its core, Farm to School is about establishing relationships between local foods and school children by way of including local products in school meals. Farm to School is a program that connects students and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias; improving student nutrition; providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities; and supporting local and regional farmers.
Each month, a new seasonal, locally grown fruit or vegetable is served on school salad bars every Thursday for Harvest of the Month.
These four curricula options are all sequential, evidence-based, and connected to educational standards. California teachers can order these curricula for FREE.
Nourish Curriculum Developed by the Center for Ecoliteracy, this curriculum is designed to initiate a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability. It contains seven learning activities,various student handouts, a companion DVD, and more. The lessons align with national curriculum standards and benchmarks.
The Center for Ecoliteracy developed these lessons as a part of the California Food for California Kids® Initiative to teach students about California fruits and vegetables. Each lesson is aligned to NGSS and Common Core Standards for upper elementary, Grades 3-5. Download them for FREE by following the links below.
Summer brings a break from school ... but the need for good nutrition doesn't take a break!
Summer is a difficult nutritional time for many children. Not only does food insecurity increase among low income families during the summer months, but children are also at a greater risk for obesity as they lose access to school meals they rely on during the school year. San Luis Unified’s Free Summer Meals gives children the nutritious meals they need to keep hunger at bay and remain healthy throughout the summer. Summertime is a time to play hard...but it is also a time to remember to eat right. Make sure good nutrition remains a priority all summer long, and students will return to school in the Fall healthy, sharp and ready to learn.
The summer meal program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Seamless Summer Option, and requires no paperwork or income qualifications. Children 18 years and younger eat free.