North Carolina Districts

of North Carolina school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.




Another 17% of districts surveyed plan to start farm to school activities in the future.

(Note: of the 171 school districts in North Carolina, 79% completed the USDA Farm to School Census.)



invested in local food in North Carolina
with the average school district spending


of their budget on local products.
School districts in North Carolina are currently buying the following types of local foods:
  • 87%

  • 87%

  • 24%

  • 13%

    meat or poultry


of North Carolina districts surveyed plan to increase local food purchases in the future.
North Carolina school districts are serving local items throughout the school day. In North Carolina local foods are being served at the following times:
  • 63%

  • 92%

  • 4%

  • 27%

  • 37%

    Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
At least


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


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


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 North Carolina.
What we heard during the nomination process:
An awesome, hands on program that covers all aspects of planting, growing and harvesting local food. The program is also included in curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the program grow.
Congratulations to all the school districts in North Carolina conducting farm to school programs.

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

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