The School Food Programs administers the USDA Foods (formerly the Commodity Food Program), Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Produce Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), Farm to School and School Garden programs. The overarching goal is to provide access to nutritious foods that support the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Summer Food Service Programs and other programs administered at schools.
Celebrating National Farm to School Month provides some fun opportunities to reward student, staff and parent achievements in garden development, supporting local agriculture, launching farm to school programs and encouraging students to invest in their health.
The USDA Foods Program distributes wholesome foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables and proteins to support school meals that meet USDA regulations.
The DoD Fresh Program makes a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables accessible to schools to be incorporated into salad bars, recipes and the daily menu.
Healthy Harvest for Arizona Schools is a marketing campaign designed to encourage foodservice to purchase and promote Arizona grown vegetables when available in an effort to increase student acceptability of various vegetables offered at meal time.
The Arizona Farm to School Program connects schools with local producers and educates students by bridging the gap from field to plate.
The School Garden Program enhances students’ learning environment by implementing active and memorable lessons that develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a nutrition education grant program that provides low income elementary schools with funds to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables that are served to students as snacks during the school day, but not during breakfast or lunch.