October is National Farm to School Month, and all month long we’ve been celebrating the benefits of farm to school for kids, farmers, and communities – but Farm to School Month isn’t only a time for celebration – it’s also a time for action.
Earlier this year, the bipartisan team of Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Thad Cochran (R-MS), and Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the Farm to School Act of 2015. With additional support from your Members of Congress, this bill can become part of the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization (CNR) package.
The bill would be a major win for kids, farmers and communities around the country, providing additional mandatory funding for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program and expanding the program’s scope to include preschools, summer food program sites and after school programs. But Congress is running behind, and the original deadline for passing a new Child Nutrition Act expired on Sept. 30. That’s why now, more than ever, Congress needs to hear from YOU that it’s time to finish CNR and support farm to school.
Join our Big Day of Farm to School Action on Oct. 22, 2015, and let the world know that farm to school is a win for kids, farmers and communities!
Calling your legislators is one of the fastest, most effective ways to make change. Nervous? Never done it before? Here’s a quick how-to:
“Hi, my name is [your name] and I’m a constituent [also let them know if you’re a farmer, a parent, a teacher, etc.]. I’d like to share a message with [your legislator’s name], please. The message is: please support farm to school efforts in [your community] by supporting the inclusion of the Farm to School Act of 2015 in the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization. We are counting on you to stand with our community’s farmers and kids on this important issue.”
Is your school participating in a Big Apple Crunch? Joining your student for a local lunch in the cafeteria? Hosting a harvest event with students in the school garden? Snap a photo (or take a quick video) and share it online with the hashtags #moreF2SinCNR and/or #farmtoschool! Don’t have a photo? Share our Big Day of Action graphics on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Here’s what #farmtoschool looks like in action! @[Your Legislator], invest in our future & support #moreF2SinCNR
With #farmtoschool, our students enjoy eating healthy fruits & vegetables everyday. That’s why we need #moreF2SinCNR
#Farmtoschool allows farmers like me to feed my community healthy, local food. I support #moreF2SinCNR
As a farmer, I believe in participating in #farmtoschool in [your community] because [your reasons here]. I support #moreF2SinCNR!
Congress: #farmtoschool is a win for kids, farmers & communities. Invest in our future with #moreF2SinCNR!
Kids in #farmtoschool are more willing to try new, healthy foods + do better in school #moreF2SinCNR
.@USDA #FarmtoSchool Grants helped +12K schools improve healthy meals. Let’s not stop there! We need #moreF2SinCNR
If you care about getting healthy food to everyone, protecting our natural resources, and supporting the next generation of American farmers, then you’ll want to get involved this year!