2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey – In 2018, the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems surveyed early care and education (ECE) providers across the country to better understand current initiatives, motivations and challenges in applying farm to school activities in early care and education settings. Nearly 2,030 providers serving 255,257 young children in 45 states and Washington, D.C. responded and shared with us the benefits and challenges of connecting young children to healthy, local foods, gardening, and food and agriculture education through farm to ECE. Click here to explore the survey results.
Using Law and Policy to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Intake in the United States – The report, The Role of Law and Policy in Achieving the Healthy People 2020 Nutrition and Weight Status Goals of Increased Fruit and Vegetable Intake in the United States, documents policy solutions that can help communities increase access to and intake of fruits and vegetables in support of Healthy People 2020 nutrition objectives. Download the report here.
State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2018 – CDC’s 2018 State Indicator Report highlights state-level policies and supports that increase access to fruits and vegetables. Download the report here.
Health & Wellness Resource Guide for Fruits & Vegetables – The Guide includes new nutrition fact panels, health and nutrient content claims, social media posts, and healthy recipes with photos for 41 top produce items, with enhanced information about artichokes, potatoes, pears, and 100% Concord Grape Juice. Background information on consumption trends and responses to common consumer questions are also provided. Download the guide here.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. This edition offers 5 overarching Guidelines and a number of Key Recommendations with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits.
USDA Farm to School’s Revised Local Procurement Guide
USDA Farm to School’s revised local procurement guide is now available. Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs covers procurement basics, defining local, where to find local products, and the variety of ways schools can purchase locally in accordance with regulations.
Local Food Meets SNAP-Ed in Calistoga, CA Schools
With support from Napa County’s Healthy Cooking with Kids, Inc. program, Calistoga Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) serves local fresh vegetables straight from the school garden in summer meals as part of the Seamless Summer Option. With SNAP-Ed funding, Healthy Cooking with Kids, Inc. provides health educators and garden specialists to assist with the CJUSD’s school garden-to-cafeteria program. Read more here.
Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Council Member Activities
Dates for upcoming calls are:
ASPHN Annual Meeting June 15-18, 2020 – All-Council interactive discussion with virtual breakout rooms