About Farm to School

How does Farm to School Contribute to Vibrant Communities?

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by enhancing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education sites.

Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons, and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

Farm to school, inclusive of farm to early care and education, empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. Farm to school implementation differs by location but always includes one or more of the following three core elements:

Why Farm to School?

Kids WIN

Farm to school provides all kids access to nutritious, high-quality, local food so they are ready to learn and grow. Farm to school activities enhance classroom education through hands-on learning related to food, health, agriculture, and nutrition.

Farmers WIN

Farm to school can serve as a significant financial opportunity for farmers, fishers, ranchers, food processors, and food manufacturers by opening the doors to an institutional market worth billions of dollars.

Communities WIN

Farm to school benefits everyone from students, teachers, and administrators to parents and farmers, providing opportunities to build family and community engagement. Buying from local producers and processors creates new jobs and strengthens the local economy.

Benefits of Farm to School

The Oklahoma Farm to School Program provides a variety of benefits to students, parents, schools, communities, and farmers. For more in-depth information about the benefits of the Farm to School Program, please refer to the National Farm to School Network Fact Sheet: Benefits of Farm to School

Farm to School Census Data

Explore information on farm to school participation by Oklahoma (OK) school food authorities (SFAs) that responded to the Census and the schools and students they serve. Use the tools below to dig deeper into farm to school in Oklahoma.

State Profile for Oklahoma

Census Responses for Oklahoma

Total number of responding School Food Authorities (SFAs)
315

Total number of schools in responding SFAs
1,142

Total number of students in responding SFAs
465,930

Farm to School Participation
45.1% (142)
of SFAs participating in SY2018-2019

Key Census Findings for Oklahoma

Dig in on how farm to school is being cultivated across Oklahoma.

Length of farm to school participation by SFAs in Oklahoma

Farm to school has been picking up momentum over the last 10 years. See how long SFAs in Oklahoma have been going local.

Percent of F2S SFAs

Total F2S SFAs

Less than 3 years

  • 66.2% 66.2%

%

94

3-5 years

  • 14.1% 14.1%

%

20

6-10 years

  • 9.2% 9.2%

%

13

More than 10 years

  • 9.2% 9.2%

%

13

Don’t know

  • 1.4% 1.4%

%

2

675 schools

314,842 students in participating SFAs

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Farm to school participation in Oklahoma

Farm to school is growing in Oklahoma! Local food and agricultural education activities are showing up in the cafeteria, the classroom, and the garden. Check out how many schools and students are served by farm to school SFAs.

55.6%

79 SFAs


Oklahoma SFAs serving local food

Farm to school means more fresh, local food is on the menu. Across the country, SFAs engaged in farm to school report serving higher quality foods in school meals and increased participation in school meals.

Child Nutrition Programs in Oklahoma using local food in school year 2018-2019

Nationally, a majority of farm to school SFAs have been serving local food in school meals and snacks. See how many SFAs in Oklahoma are leveraging local foods.

Percent of F2S SFAs in Program

Total F2S SFAs

Use local foods in NSLP

  • 52.1% 52.1%

%

74

Use local foods in SBP

  • 50.8% 50.8%

%

65

Use local foods in  FFVP

  • 55.3% 55.3%

%

21

Use local foods in  CACFP

  • 72.4% 72.4%

%

21

Use local foods in  CACFP At-Risk

  • 60% 60%

%

15

Use local foods in  SFSP/SSO

  • 61.1% 61.1%

%

33