South Carolina received funding to establish a statewide farm to school program. This is a joint effort between the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the S.C. Department of Agriculture, the S.C. Department of Education and Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute.
Key components are:
- Increasing the number of farmers that are certified to provide locally grown products into schools
- Increasing the number of South Carolina schools implementing the Farm to School program, which includes:
- Purchasing South Carolina grown fruits and vegetables
- Incorporating South Carolina produce at schools through the school menus and then publicizing the featured product
- Integrating Farm to School into the classroom curricula through hands-on learning activities to promote healthy eating among elementary age children.
- Establishing or revitalizing a school garden
The grant, funded by the Prevention and Public Health Fund included in the Affordable Care Act, is part of the Health and Human Services Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program, a prevention and wellness initiative administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The project funding was initiated September 30, 2010 and will end September 29, 2013.
Farm to School Highlights
The South Carolina Farm to School Program documentary showcases the efforts of Farm to School at the school cafeteria level. It demonstrates the enthusiasm for South Carolina fruits and vegetables by school children, cafeteria workers, and school personnel. It can be used as an audio-visual component for Farm to School presentations.