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Community Transformation Grant 2012-14

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School food service professionals from Auburn, Kent and Renton SDs toured a farm in Skagit, WA as a part of WSDA's Farm to School training

In September 2012, Seattle Children's Hospital, along with primary partners Public Health - Seattle & King County and the Healthy King County Coalition (HKCC) received a two-year, $3.6 million grant, Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Small Communities Program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agencies are partnering with local governments, schools, hospitals, low-income housing groups, childcare and youth organizations to improve environments and opportunities for health. The work was building on the Community Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) in King County between 2010 and 2012.

WSDA Farm to School CTG Project: South King County Farm to School Collaborative

WSDA Farm to School partnered with Auburn, Kent and Renton School District Nutrition Services. The three districts and local farmers/vendors worked together as South King County Farm to School Collaborative to develop, implement and promote farm to school programs in the districts. This project created Farm to School Programs in Auburn and Renton School Districts and expanded the existing successful Farm to School Program in Kent School Distirct to increase education efforts and purchasing of local, fresh produce for school meals and snacks.

WSDA Farm to School provided assessment, strategic plan development, project implementation, staff training, and technical assistance. One of the highlights of this project was to develop and test procurement models using U.S. Department of Agriculture's guidance on geographic preference, school food purchasing and bidding requirement that work for both school districts and farms/food producers. Bid solicitations and contracts were developed and piloted to increase competence to successfully source from Washington farms/food producers. Check out the product solicitation templates and tools available on our Procurement and Geographic Preference page.

WSDA also created a set of "Farm to School Pick!", information flyers that provide farm to school education and promotion featuring a produce from local farms. The adaptable templates are available through the Washington Grown Food Kit on selected produce pages listed below:

Partner Districts' Farm to School Programs:

Featured Articles:

Healthier menus welcome students back to school. Renton Reporter. Published 09/02/2014

New school year brings healthier food choices for Auburn students. Auburn Reporter. Published 08/28/2014

New school year brings healthier food choices for Kent students. Kent Reporter. Published 08/29/2014

Local farms, school districts team up for Taste Washington Day. Auburn Reporter. Published 09/16/2013

What's on the school menu? Maybe fresh produce straight from the farm. Auburn Reporter. Published 08/28/2013

Fresh Farm Goods Go to Schools by Kera Wanielista. Skagit Valley Herald. Published 08/26/2013

Fresh from the farm: Local produce reaches students in Auburn, Kent, and Renton schools CTG June Newsletter 2013 "Highlights from the Field"

Kent schools receive federal funding for fruit, vegetable program Kent Reporter. Published 06/27/2013

Last Updated: 1/20/2015