Improving child nutrition is a goal of many national projects, including the National Farm to School Network and the Let's Move campaign.
National Farm to School Network
Supports community-based food systems, strengthens family farms and improves student health by reducing childhood obesity. The network links regions and states across America and coordinates National Farm to School Month in October.
USDA Farm to School Program
USDA’s Farm to School Program is housed in the Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS). OCFS helps child nutrition program operators incorporate local foods in the National School Lunch Program and its associated programs, as well as the Summer Food Service Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program. In addition, OCFS staff works with tribal communities to respond to their desire to better incorporate traditional foods into our meal programs. OCFS accomplishes this through grant making, training and technical assistance and research.
Launched by former First Lady Michelle Obama, Let's Move is a comprehensive campaign that creates a healthy start for all children. The campaign provides healthy food options to schools, increases access and affordability, and encourages physical activity. Schools can apply for a free salad bar (Salad Bars to Schools) or even connect with local area chefs (Let's Move: Chef's Move to Schools).