The Farm to School Act

Farm to school activities that would be supported by the Farm to School Act.

Farm to school tour with NSAC, National Farm to School Network, and DC Greens.

The Farm to School Act of 2017

(S.1767, H.R. 3687)

The Farm to School Act of 2017 (S.1767, H.R. 3687), introduced on September 6, 2017, by Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH), aims to make our children healthier and support our nation’s family farmers and food producing communities by:

  • Expanding access to preschools, summer food service sites, and after school programs.
  • Increasing annual mandatory funding from $5 million to $15 million. 
    • Demand for the Farm to School Grant program is currently over five times higher than available funding. In the first three years of the program (fiscal years 2013-15), USDA received over 1,000 applications, but was able to make only 221 awards.
  • Expanding access among tribal schools to farm-fresh and traditional foods, particularly those from tribal producers. 
    • Native American communities face disproportionately high rates of diet-related illnesses. Encouraging partnerships between tribal schools and tribal producers will increase consumption of nutritious, traditional foods, while also supporting Native farmers and ranchers.
  • Encouraging greater program participation from beginning, veteran, and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. 
    • By providing technical assistance and outreach to a broader range of potential applicants, the Farm to School Grant program can bring more, much-needed economic opportunities to traditionally underserved producers nationwide.

The Farm to School Act was developed by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) in partnership with the National Farm to School Network – an NSAC member organization.

Learn More:

  • Visit the National Farm to School Network’s Farm to School Act landing page here.

Take Action Today:

  • Check out our Take Action! page for ways to get involved in the 2018 Farm Bill process