October 2016, Hanalei School’s Wellness Committee will be taking steps toward establishing a “Farm to School” program. Hanalei School will be working with the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture, District leadership and USDA Farm to School Staff.
We applaud Hawaii”s Department of Education for setting nutritional goals which includes:
School meals feature fresh and minimally processed fruits and vegetables from local sources to the greatest extent possible. The Department's School Food Service Branch is collaborating with vendors and farmers to ensure the use of fresh and minimally processed fruits and vegetables in all meal programs.
Over the past decade, the farm to school movement has exploded across the United States, reaching millions of students in all 50 states. Farm to school is an important tool in the fight against childhood obesity and food insecurity. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farmers, a win-win scenario!
Malama Kaua’i a nonprofit working toward a sustainable Kaua’i, has already implemented Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Programs in Kauai’s Charter Schools and will now assist Hanalei School in producing a Farm to School Action Plan.
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food. From taste tests in the cafeteria and nutrition education activities in the classroom, to farm visits and school garden harvest parties, school, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations in all 50 state and D.C. join in the celebrations.
National Farm to School Month was designated by Congress in 2010 to demonstrate the growing importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the origins of food.