Alabama Districts

31%
of Alabama school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.

41

609

325,730

Another 29% of districts surveyed plan to start farm to school activities in the future.

(Note: of the 153 school districts in Alabama, 87% completed the USDA Farm to School Census.)

Highlights

$5,560,550

invested in local food in Alabama
with the average school district spending

3%

of their budget on local products.
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School districts in Alabama are currently buying the following types of local foods:
  • 78%

    fruits
  • 70%

    vegetables
  • 16%

    milk
  • 3%

    meat or poultry

32%

of Alabama districts surveyed plan to increase local food purchases in the future.
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Alabama school districts are serving local items throughout the school day. In Alabama local foods are being served at the following times:
  • 43%

    breakfast
  • 92%

    lunch
  • 5%

    supper
  • 8%

    snacks
  • 35%

    Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
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At least

46

school gardens are growing in Alabama
Tend and water those gardens; their benefits are well documented!
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In Alabama,

51%

of School Districts
Are Engaging Preschool Children
in Farm to School Activities.
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In Alabama,

24%

Of School Districts Are Using Local Foods in Summer Meals.
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Learn more about these results. See the details
Based on a tally of the number of votes received, the school district above was selected as a stand out in Alabama.
What we heard during the nomination process:
The school garden at Homewood Middle School is amazing!! It's an awesome example of sustainable garden practices and the kids love seeing things grow. There is a water catchment cistern that collects rain water for the garden. People in the community can rent raised beds and grow their own fresh produce!
Congratulations to all the school districts in Alabama conducting farm to school programs.

From buying local food to planting school gardens to teaching kids where their food comes from, Alabama is ‘bringing the farm to school.’ Peruse the list below for more information on the great work taking place in Alabama.

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