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As school food service providers we have a daily opportunity to impact student and family eating patterns and habits. The resources provided below will help School Food Service Directors start a local procurement program and introduce new recipes and ingredients in a way that empowers and encourages students to try new foods and celebrate local, seasonal eating.
School Cafeteria Procurement
Lunch tray at Newcomb Central School featuring local ingredients
The Adirondack Farm to School Initiative has created tools designed to support small, rural school districts in navigating the local farm scene and state mandated purchasing and procurement regulations. In 2018-19 ADK Farm to School sought bids from over 20 local farmers on produce, dairy, eggs, grass-fed beef, and maple syrup. Those bid responses are available to our participating schools, but the template cover letter, bid request form, and bid scoring sheet are available here.
FSD Sample Procurement Resources
School Food Culture & Student Engagement
Introducing new foods provides an opportunity for Food Service staff to engage with students in new and creative ways. We encourage Food Service staff to reach out to parents, teachers and volunteers for help with rolling out and publicizing new and locally sourced menu items, and planning taste tests and other events.
Our 1-sheet on planning a Cafeteria Taste Test
Our Harvest of the Month posters help publicize featured crops!
Map Posters are also a great way to highlight locally sourced ingredients.
Lettuce tasting display at Petrova Elementary School in Saranac Lake.