Farm to School Census Underway

USDA Food and Nutrition Service has launched its third Farm to School Census, a survey that captures information about the level to which farm to school efforts are underway or increasing. The Farm to School Census measures the scope, reach, and overall impact of farm to school efforts across the nation. The 2015 Farm to School Census revealed that School Food Authorities purchased almost $800 million in local food from farmers, ranchers, fishers, food processors, and manufacturers in the 2013-2014 school year. The current survey of 18,000 School Food Authorities will update that figure and look at the most common products purchased locally, sources of local products, and benefits and challenges of participating in farm to school.