Colorado Proud School Meal Day
The Colorado Departments of Agriculture and Education would like to invite Colorado schools to participate in the annual Colorado Proud School Meal Day on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. This is a day to celebrate Colorado agriculture and to educate schoolchildren about healthy eating. Colorado farmers and ranchers produce food items that provide the nutrients children and adults need to thrive. Agribusinesses contribute more than $40 billion to the state economy annually and provide more than 170,000 jobs. With more than 37,000 farms and ranches encompassing 31 million acres, it is easy to understand the value this industry adds to Colorado. Learn more about Colorado Proud School Meal Day and resources available.
- Farm-to-School Coordination Task Force Duties:
- Creating or expanding Farm-to-School pilot programs
- Identifying funding sources and grants that allow school districts to recover costs from purchasing locally grown foods
- Identifying, designing, or making available training programs to enable local farmers and ranchers to market their products to school districts
- Advising school districts on the methods by which they may improve their facilities to allow for the purchase and use of locally produced foods in school meals
- Providing assistance to school food services to establish procedures, recipes, menu rotation, proper handling, and storing to accommodate the use of locally grown foods in public schools.
- Districts Participating in the Task Force:
- Denver Public Schools
- Durango 9-R
- Univeristy of Colorado - Boulder
- Weld 6, Greeley
- Colorado Task Force: Road Map
- Colorado Farm to School Task Force 2015 Legislative Report (Colorado Farm to School Task Force Website)
- Colorado Farm to School Task Force 2014 Update
USDA Farm to School Census
- The USDA Farm to School Census results are now posted online http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/census#. According to USDA’s first-ever Farm to School Census, 43% of public school districts across the country have an existing farm to school program in place, while another 13% of school districts surveyed are committed to launching a farm to school program in the near future. In school year 2011-2012, schools purchased and served over $350 million in local food, and 56% of the districts buying local foods report that they will buy even more local foods in future school years.
- Senate Bill 10-081, in recognition of the need to encourage the eating of fresh and nutritious local foods, the fostering of relationships among farmers and schools, and the promotion of the sale of agricultural products, establishes the Farm-to-School Program. This bill also allows for the creation of a Farm-to-School Coordination Task Force.
- House Bill 1307
- Under HB 1307, governmental bodies purchasing agricultural products are allowed to preference Colorado products over out of state products as long as the quality is equal, the Colorado producer is able to meet requested quantity, and price is either lower than the lowest out of state bid, or "reasonably exceeds" the lowest bid.
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