October is National Farm to School Month! Join the Program Year 2022-2023 Farm Fresh Challenge.
It's that time again! Are you up for the Health and Nutrition Services (HNS) Farm Fresh Challenge?
In recognition of National Farm to School Month, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Health and Nutrition Services (HNS) Division is excited to announce the Program Year 2023 Farm Fresh Challenge for all Child Nutrition Program (CNP) operators.
What is the Farm Fresh Challenge?
The Farm Fresh Challenge is an HNS initiative designed to empower CNP operators to cultivate excitement around fresh and locally sourced foods. Participating operators must complete a series of challenges that promote participants' tasting, teaching, and connection to foods local to Arizona.
What are the Farm Fresh Challenge rules?
Participants of the Farm Fresh Challenge must complete all TASTE, TEACH, and CONNECT activities for the challenge to be considered complete. Challenge criteria will be announced next week.
When is the Farm Fresh Challenge?
October 1, 2022 - October 31, 2022. SFAs participating in the challenge must complete all challenge activities within an established timeframe in October 2022.
What is new this Year?
There are two exciting updates this year! HNS has added a new Platinum award level that includes the spending of DoD Fresh funds. Second, for this year only, SFAs that complete the challenge will be eligible to receive a meal incentive following the challenge if they continue to procure and serve local produce in the meal programs. Details on the meal incentive criteria will be made available.
How do I become a Challenge Champion?
To be a Challenge Champion, you must complete all activities within a one-week timeframe. Operators will receive an email via HNS Communications with a link to a survey where you will report details about your challenge participation. Operators who successfully completed the Farm Fresh Challenge will be recognized by ADE and will be eligible for monetary incentives for keeping up with procuring local produce.
We look forward to seeing your participants TASTE, TEACH, and CONNECT with Arizona grown foods! If you need any assistance throughout the challenge, please email [email protected].