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Funding & Resources – November

Kids Win and Farms Win: What Do We Know About the Impacts of Farm to School (Webinar) November 7, 11am MT
Advocates claim that ‘kids win, farmers win, and communities win’ from policies, programming and initiatives that promote farm to school. However, what do we know about the extent to which this is true? Recent research funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides interesting insights into the kids win and farms win impacts of farm to school efforts. This webinar, featuring researchers from Colorado State University and University of Illinois, will highlight recent and ongoing research and important areas for future farm to school work.

Registration Open: Community Food Systems Conference
December 9-11, 2019 // Savannah, GA
The conference will draw over 500 participants from various fields including food justice and advocacy, local and regional food policy, nutrition and healthy food access, sustainable agriculture, racial and social justice, and community food projects. Attendees will come from all over the US to discuss food security, social justice, and sustainable agriculture. Register here.

USDA 2020 Farm to School Grant RFA Now Open — Deadline: December 13, 2019
The 2020 USDA Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open. With additional funding made available through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $10 million in FY 2020 funding. Grants ranging in size from $20,000 to $100,000 will be available to schools, nonprofits, State and local agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations to plan and implement farm to school activities.NFSN Consultation Services to Support USDA Farm to School Grant Applicants
National Farm to School Network advocated for the establishment of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program and is committed to ensuring this funding reaches the communities that need it most. NFSN is available on a consultation basis to provide assistance during the application process (thought partnership, preparing the grant application, evaluation) and during grant implementation (needs assessment, evaluation, action plan, virtual coaching).

USDA Regional Farm to School Institutes RFA – Deadline: December 27, 2019
The USDA Office of Community Food Systems is pleased to announce the new Regional Farm to School Institute Grant Request for Applications (RFA). This new grant for fiscal year 2020 will support the creation and dissemination of information on farm to school program development, and provide practitioner education and training, and ongoing school year coaching and technical assistance. The Food and Nutrition Service anticipates awarding at least two grants with a combined total of $150,000, to eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations working regionally to promote farm to school activities and support practitioners.

Health Hero Award – Deadline: December 31, 2019
Do you know anyone in your circles who stands out as a health champion, someone who goes beyond what is expected and is an inspiration to others? Please consider recognizing them by nominating them to receive one of these prestigious state-wide Health Hero Awards.

Salad Bars to Schools Grant Applications
Salad Bars to Schools has granted over 5,000 salad bars to schools since 2010—and yours could be next! The Salad Bars to Schools program is focused on donating salad bars to school districts so that every child across our nation has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

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