Arizona Districts

25%
of Arizona school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.

67

574

361,823

Another 22% of districts surveyed plan to start farm to school activities in the future.

(Note: of the 467 school districts in Arizona, 57% completed the USDA Farm to School Census.)

Highlights

$7,483,840

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

20%

of their budget on local products.
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School districts in Arizona are currently buying the following types of local foods:
  • 65%

    fruits
  • 72%

    vegetables
  • 60%

    milk
  • 21%

    meat or poultry

44%

of Arizona districts surveyed plan to increase local food purchases in the future.
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Arizona school districts are serving local items throughout the school day. In Arizona local foods are being served at the following times:
  • 60%

    breakfast
  • 88%

    lunch
  • 4%

    supper
  • 26%

    snacks
  • 26%

    Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
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At least

48

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

21%

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

37%

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 Arizona.
What we heard during the nomination process:
Tempe Elementary is amazing! They try to buy locally and would purchase even more if possible. Nutritional Services supports gardening in their school district and started a garden consortium to bring together staff and volunteers from all the schools who have gardens to support each other and share ideas. The district now has gardens in at least nine schools.
Congratulations to all the school districts in Arizona conducting farm to school programs.

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

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