Massachusetts Districts

68%
of Massachusetts school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.

171

828

422,072

Another 10% of districts surveyed plan to start farm to school activities in the future.

(Note: of the 419 school districts in Massachusetts, 60% completed the USDA Farm to School Census.)

Highlights

$10,262,200

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

21%

of their budget on local products.
School districts in Massachusetts are currently buying the following types of local foods:
  • 90%

    fruits
  • 86%

    vegetables
  • 36%

    milk
  • 13%

    meat or poultry

62%

of Massachusetts districts surveyed plan to increase local food purchases in the future.
Massachusetts school districts are serving local items throughout the school day. In Massachusetts local foods are being served at the following times:
  • 58%

    breakfast
  • 95%

    lunch
  • 2%

    supper
  • 22%

    snacks
  • 14%

    Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
At least

210

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

25%

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

10%

Of School Districts Are Using Local Foods in Summer Meals.
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 Massachusetts.
What we heard during the nomination process:
The district has a well developed farm to school program that has the support of the director, a district-wide garden program and support from the public health department and the local policy council. Children learn about growing and eating local food in the garden, cafeteria, snack program and sometimes in the classroom. Because local food is part of the normal infrastructure children are exposed early to fresh tasty and local food, and this makes a difference. Their enthusiasm is often in evidence in participation shown in the lunchtime self-serve salad bars in 7 schools with children from pre-kindergarten to high school.
Congratulations to all the school districts in Massachusetts conducting farm to school programs.

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

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