Grant Information Form USDA Farm to School Proposed Grant Submission

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GrantInformationForm
USDAFarmtoSchoolProposedGrantSubmission
GrantDueDate:4/22/2014
AnticipatedGrantAmount:
2015PlanningGrant$45,000
2016‐18ImplementationGrant$65,000‐$100,000
AreMatchingFundsRequired:Yes,25%matchingfromenterprisefundusingin‐
kindexpensesincludingstaffcompensationforplanningandmanagementplus
routineequipmentandsuppliespurchases
FundingOrganization:
UnitedStatesDepartmentofAgricultureFoodNutritionServices(FederalGrant)is
offeringfundingtoassisteligibleentitiesinimplementingfarmtoschoolprograms
thatimproveaccesstolocalfoods.Thesefundscanbeusedtotrain,support
operations,plan,purchaseequipment,developschoolgardensanddevelop
partnershipstofurtherpromoteusingmorelocallysourced,freshfoodsinschool
meals.
EstimatedBudget:
2015PlanningGrant
Consultingservices($15,000)to:
 Determinerelationshipbetweenhealthymenurequirementsandreduced
participation
 Designpilotprogramstostimulatehigherlevelsofparticipation
o Schoolgardens
o Newmenuoptions
o Marketingandpublicityfornewmenuoptions
o Foodpreparationdemonstrations
o Farmtoschoolpartnerships
o Otherprograms
 Evaluateimpactofpilotprograms
Decisionmakingprocessto:
 Selectoptionstoimplement
 Planimplementationschedule
Purchaseofequipmentandsuppliestoimplementpilotprograms($20,000)
2016‐18ImplementationGrant
ProgramElementscouldincludethefollowingbudgetaryitems:
 Equipment:SealingMachine($10,000),OneSourceBack‐of–the‐House
SoftwaretotrackInventory($10,000),SomatMachineWasteReduction
technology($40,000)
 10%FoodCost/FoodPurchases
 LaborProcessingCosts
 School/CommunityGarden(s)‐accompanyingProduceStand
 WasteReductionProcessingTrainingCosts
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FieldTrips
CookingClasses/CookingLabs
Advertising/MarketingCosts
DistrictTime/Consultant
TechnicalAssistance
TargetPopulation:WhowilltheProjectBenefit?
HatfieldElementarywhichhasthebiggestneedinthedistrict(52%Free/Reduced)
wouldserveasthepilotschoolfollowedbyOakPark(50%F/R)andthenYork
AvenueElementary(44%F/R),dependentonbudget/programelementsand
partnersparticipation.Theinitial$45,000isforaPlanningGrantcanbefollowed
upin2016withanImplementationGrantfor$100,000whichcouldexpandthe
programtoadditionalschoolswiththehopesofrollingouttheFarmtoSchool
initiativetoall18NorthPennSchools.
GoalsorAnticipatedOutcomes:BenefitonTargetPopulation?
TheFarmtoSchoolprogramwouldincludeamovetowardsamoreholistic
approachinproviding,educatingandreinforcingthenutritionalvalueoffreshfoods
notonlytoNPSDstudentsbuttotheexpandingneedinourlocalcommunity.Fresh
foodswouldbeavailabletoourstudentsduringtheschooldaybutwouldalsobe
availabletoourdistrictfamiliesviaschool/communitygardens/producestandsand
partnerchannels.Asecondarygoalofthisinitiativewouldbetoemphasizenotonly
thenutritionalbenefitbutalsotheimpactthatpurchasingandconsuminglocally
sourced,freshfoodhasontheenvironment,localeconomyandeventhechoices
thatourstudentsmakeinchoosingacareerorcourseofstudyincollege.Withthe
ever‐changingFederalGuidelinesforSchoolNutritionandtheemphasisonHealth
andWellnessProgramsforPublicSchools,havingstudents/familiesinvolvedinthe
processmayalsoincreasewaningparticipationinschoolmealpurchases.
Documentation/EvidenceofNeed:WhydoestheTargetPopulationneedthis
project?
FreeandReducedtotalsareincreasingwithinthedistrictby2‐3%peryearandare
expectedtoincreaseatthisrateorhigher.
StrategicPlanAlignment:Thestrategicplancontainswellnessandsustainability
elements
CurriculumAlignment:HowdoesthisEnhanceintotheAdoptedCurriculum?
Grades4‐6currentlyhaveNutritional/HealthyChoiceinitiativesbuiltintothe
instructionalday.
Grade4‐ChooseHealthyFoods
Grade5‐Nutrition
Grade6‐HealthyChoices
AndwiththeinclusionofPANAevents(AppleCrunch,GofortheGreens,IntlWalk
toSchool)andtheongoingHUSSCCertificationinalldistrictschools,theFarmto
Schoolinitiative(freshfoodsserved,fieldtripstopartners,gardens/producestands,
cookingclasses/labs)isonemoreopportunitytostresshealthychoicesduringthe
schoolday.Researchisshowingthatwhenchildrenhaveincreasedaccesstofresh
fruitsandvegetablethattheywilleatmoreservingsofthesefoods,willmakebetter
nutritionalchoicesoutsideofschoolwhichimprovesoverallhealthandinturn
readinesstolearn.
Objectives:WhatObjectivesneedtobemetinordertoachievethegoal?
 Understandrelationshipbetweennewmenurequirementsandreduced
participation
 Identifyoptionstoincreaseparticipationinnewmenuoptions
 Evaluateoptionsandtheireffectonparticipation
 Pilotvariousoptionsandrefineimplementationplansforeach
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