New Jersey hosts over 700 school districts that participate in USDA federally funded Child Nutrition Programs. Each district runs its food service program independently. Some employ the staff in their kitchens; some contract with food service management companies (FSMC) to employ the labor, purchase the food and run the day-to-day operations in the cafeteria.
New Jersey growers can develop Farm to School relationships directly with schools that are close to their farm or they can tap into selling product to a produce distributor that sells to a number of schools.
If you are a farm interested in selling to schools either way, call the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Farm to School Program at (609) 292-8747 for assistance in reaching out to New Jersey schools and school districts.
INFORMATION TO PROVIDE TO SCHOOLS INTERESTED IN PURCHASING LOCAL FOODS:
- How do you handle ordering?
- How does your farm invoice and what are your terms of payment?
- How does your farm accept payment?
- Would you be willing to negotiate an alternative arrangement to standard practices?
- What products do you grow and in what volume?
http://education.state.nj.us/directory/ : Use this listing to find schools close to your farm.
Growing Fresh Produce for School Nutrition Programs Video
For additional information, please contact:
Beth Feehan, Farm to School Coordinator 609-292-8747
Chris Cirkus, Farm to School Assistant Coordinator 609-292-8662