OK so........here's what our community has been working on. We've finally identified a way to effect the school systems on a wide spread basis but we need some schools that are willing to help us implement the plan. Well Fed Neighbor will be coupling with a local health system, local college and university and other community partners. In fact, the more partners we have, the better because the premise for the grant is rebuilding a regional food system.
How do I know if my school qualifies? There are basically three qualifications for the grant.
1)Greater than 60% of children qualifying for free and reduced breakfast and lunches
2)Within a hundred mile radius of Springfield/Greene County
3)Currently sourcing less than 10% of gross food sales from local producers
1)Willingness to work through a local co-op
2) Strong desire to use local composting(if not already)
3)Strong desire to learn about and move towards GAP and sustainable farming practices
The service would be free to schools but there would have to be a strong desire to incorporate science/evidence based wellness and food service programs. The changes would bring the school system in compliance with the Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act otherwide known as the Child Nutrition Act. Without typing out too much information on the website, this in one of those grants that we will probably only have one opportunity and we need to act fast. The deadline is May 18 and ideally we wold have it all put in writing by the 16th.
If you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me directly at 1-417-827-3851. We need to move fast so if you know anyone that might be interested please forward this information to them and see if we can't jump start a regional food system in SW Missouri!!!