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Drive for 25 Farm to School Grant

The Drive for 25 Farm to School Grant works with schools, communities, and farmers to build healthy Farm to School Programs with strong local food procurement in cafeterias. ANCA is administering the first-year pilot project in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. Demonstrated success during this first year will be used to continue developing Farm to School programs in the North Country and beyond.

The Drive for 25 Farm to School grant is in a first year pilot phase to establish how this type of program would work as a broader initiative in the state. The 2016-17 program enables school districts in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to purchase New York State grown and processed food items to serve in k-12 public school meals.

2016-17 Drive for 25 Farm to School Grant Summary

Program Report and Impact for March thru December 2016

Program Statistics as of December 2016:

    - Number of school districts participating in the program…………..………..16

    - Number of students getting local food in school………………….………...Over 12,000

    - Number of local farmers selling products directly to schools…….………..15

    - Dollars spent on local foods………………………………………....………..$58,000

    - Estimated local economic impact so far……………………………………..Nearly $210,000

    - Pounds of local food purchased by schools………………………………...Over 40,000

    - Number of different local food products served to students……………….43

    - Percentage of low-income students with access to local food...………….57%

*Scroll down towards the bottom to find the section of 2016-17 local information for farms and schools*


SCHOOL APPLICATION MATERIAL: All items must be returned before reimbursements will be processed

Agreement Form

Baseline data survey


PROCUREMENT

Local Food Procurement Decision Tree

Procurement Training Tools

Template Procurement List 

Buyer Interview Questions

Template Informal Bid Cover Letter

Template Informal Bid Form

Template Informal Bid Scoring Sheet

Example of bid request to farmers

Example of bid request to distributors


TRACKING TOOLS AND CLAIM FORMS FOR SCHOOLS

Interim Report Form

Reimbursement Claim Form

Non-food Budget Request Form

Spreadsheet Purchasing Tracker- required to track all purchases and report at the end of December 2016 and June 2017

Guidance for Baseline Tracking


FOR FARMS AND SCHOOLS

2016-2017 Local Information

Seasonal Recipes shared by North Country Schools- tomato soup, chicken fajitas, chicken stew, lasagna with meat sauce, ranch dressing, black bean brownie, cowboy cookies

Potato Goodness- up to your eyes in yummy potato recipes

Questions and Answers about Selling to Schools

List of Participating Schools

List of Local Products and Weekly Quantities by School 

Map of Participating Schools and Interested Farms with Contact Information

Listserv of Participating Schools and Farms- click to send an email to the list, contact jbakelaar@adirondack.org to join the group


OTHER FARM TO SCHOOL SUPPORT PROGRAMS

LOCAL

Farm to School Programs available in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties from Cornell Cooperative Extension

Adirondack Farm to School Initiative

Rural Skills Building & Local Food For Local Folks- Local Living Venture 

STATEWIDE

NYS Harvest of the Month Toolkit

School Garden Grants- New York Agriculture in the Classroom

REGIONAL

New England Farm to College Report

NATIONAL

Chef Ann Foundation

The Lunchbox

School Garden Grants- Anne's

Education Grants- Lowe's

USDA Standardized Recipes

United Fresh Start Foundation Community Grants- up to $2,500, applications due April 20, 2017

Seeds of Change Garden Grants- up to $25,000, applications due March 28, 2017 

OTHER

VT FEED Resources

Michigan 10 Cents a Meal Report- 2017


Project Partners

 

For more information, contact:

Alex Merrell, Farm to School Specialist
amerrell@adirondack.org
518-891-6200

Joshua Bakelaar, Director of Local Economies and Agriculture
jbakelaar@adirondack.org
518-891-6200