Date: Wednesday, March 29

Time: 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Room: TBD

Bringing the Farm to Summer

  • Amy Swartz, Nutritionist, USDA Western Regional Office
  • Vince Caguin, Direction or Nutrition Services and Warehousing, Natomas Unified School District
  • Eddy Jara, Community Wellness Facilitator, City of Riverside
  • Angelia Nava, RD/CPT, Director, Child Nutrition, Pittsburg Unified School District
  • Moderator: Mira Qi, Farm to Cafeteria Assistant, CAFF

The agricultural abundance of summer creates a special opportunity for schools and nonprofit organizations to serve fresh, local foods and offer hands on activities that help children develop healthy habits. There are numerous benefits to "bringing the farm" to summer feeding sites. Sponsors can increase participation by improving the quality of meals and keeping kids engaged through various activities. Schools can use summer feeding programs as a launching pad for efforts to source locally. Food service operators that already source locally during the school year can build upon existing programming and contribute to a continuous, year round farm to school program. And kids and teens get fresh, healthy meals and participate in activities at meal sites, staying nourished and engaged while school is out. In this session USDA will share farm to summer resources and participants will hear from an experienced panel. Key strategies and best practices will be shared on building a farm to summer program, local procurement, summer meals promotion strategies and nutrition education.