Getting Started and Additional Resources

1.) Start small and grow: Offer one or two locally grown items.

2.) Highlight local food: Use posters, fliers or an educational lesson to introduce and educate children about local food. Send information home for parents too!

3.) Connect with community partners: Partners are key to success and may have resources that will help create a sustainable project.

4.) Share your success: Community members and partner organizations, including TDA, love to hear about successful farm to site activities.

Additional Resources

Growing Farm to Site in Summer Meal Programs brochure
Published by TDA, May 2015

Fresh from the Farm: Using Local Foods in the Afterschool and Summer Nutrition Programs
Published by the Food Research and Action Center, August 2016

Summer Meals: Incorporating Local Foods
Webinar from USDA, February 2015

Summer Food Service Program 2015 Administrative Guide for Sponsors
Published by USDA, January 2015
* yellow highlighted sections indicate new information

Additional USDA SFSP Handbooks
Resources include a monitor's guide, nutrition guidance for sponsors, site supervisor's guide and a site supervisor's pocket reference guide.
Published by USDA, 2015 versions are available
* yellow highlighted sections indicate new information

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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Commissioner Sid Miller