Put Our State on Children’s Plates
Sponsors of Kansas Child Nutrition Programs are working hard to provide access to meals for kids 1-18 years of age this summer when school is not in session. Currently there are 307 schools and community organizations distributing healthy and safe meals across our State.
Child Nutrition programs provide a steady, reliable market for local products. The process for getting local foods onto plates in Child Nutrition Programs is a simple. Guidance for Producers is located on the KSDE Child Nutrition & Wellness website. Child Nutrition Programs must document sources for traceability with a vendor letter. The competitive bid process has been waived when supplies are limited during the COVID-19 national emergency. GAP certification is voluntary.
Producers can find school nutrition contact information at: https://datacentral.ksde.org/nutrition_reports.aspx and can work directly with Child Nutrition Program staff to determine their product needs. There are great opportunities for items to be sold (or donated) to be used in reimbursable meals for Child Nutrition Programs. Contact Barb Depew, Farm to Plate Project Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-296-0062 with any questions or to explore possibilities to put our State on children’s plates this summer and throughout the school year.