New York Districts

of New York school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.




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

(Note: of the 649 school districts in New York, 76% completed the USDA Farm to School Census.)



invested in local food in New York
with the average school district spending


of their budget on local products.
School districts in New York are currently buying the following types of local foods:
  • 88%

  • 77%

  • 48%

  • 8%

    meat or poultry


of New York districts surveyed plan to increase local food purchases in the future.
New York school districts are serving local items throughout the school day. In New York local foods are being served at the following times:
  • 66%

  • 92%

  • 1%

  • 22%

  • 6%

    Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
At least


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


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


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 New York.
What we heard during the nomination process:
The Saranac Lake Central School District has done an awesome job increasing local food in the cafeterias and connecting it to education. Our students are eating better and getting exposed to the culture hence becoming informed citizens in our ever-changing world.
Congratulations to all the school districts in New York conducting farm to school programs.

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

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