California Districts

55%
of California school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.

373

5,498

3,446,240

Another 16% of districts surveyed plan to start farm to school activities in the future.

(Note: of the 1,045 school districts in California, 65% completed the USDA Farm to School Census.)

Highlights

$167,644,000

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

15%

of their budget on local products.
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School districts in California are currently buying the following types of local foods:
  • 80%

    fruits
  • 76%

    vegetables
  • 54%

    milk
  • 20%

    meat or poultry

54%

of California districts surveyed plan to increase local food purchases in the future.
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California school districts are serving local items throughout the school day. In California local foods are being served at the following times:
  • 69%

    breakfast
  • 86%

    lunch
  • 16%

    supper
  • 36%

    snacks
  • 15%

    Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
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At least

1,223

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

31%

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

34%

Of School Districts Are Using Local Foods in Summer Meals.
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Based on a tally of the number of votes received, the school district above was selected as a stand out in California.
What we heard during the nomination process:
Our kids love to work in the school garden; look forward to using the salad bar at lunch; and those farm-to-table days are great! Although our kids usually take their lunch to school, I, as a parent, LOVE to have what I consider healthier options for them to eat on those days that they purchase!!
Congratulations to all the school districts in California conducting farm to school programs.

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

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