Minnesota Districts

51%
of Minnesota school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.

268

1,021

416,501

Another 15% of districts surveyed plan to start farm to school activities in the future.

(Note: of the 689 school districts in Minnesota, 77% completed the USDA Farm to School Census.)

Highlights

$12,301,600

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

13%

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

    fruits
  • 83%

    vegetables
  • 29%

    milk
  • 22%

    meat or poultry

53%

of Minnesota districts surveyed plan to increase local food purchases in the future.
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Minnesota school districts are serving local items throughout the school day. In Minnesota local foods are being served at the following times:
  • 46%

    breakfast
  • 91%

    lunch
  • 6%

    supper
  • 19%

    snacks
  • 19%

    Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
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At least

198

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

32%

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

17%

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 Minnesota.
What we heard during the nomination process:
As a lunch lady for school district 181, I can tell you that our farm to school program is AMAZING. The produce is beautiful, nutritious AND delicious! Our kids are lucky they get to try a variety of fresh fruits and veggies!
Congratulations to all the school districts in Minnesota conducting farm to school programs.

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

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