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Local Products Challenge

Celebrate Texas Agriculture and Local Products in Schools
with Farm Fresh Fridays and the Local Products Challenge

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Farm to school activities like Farm Fresh Fridays provide a solid foundation for establishing lifelong healthy habits, promoting student health and strengthening local economies. Farm Fresh Fridays offers a new and exciting way to engage young minds and help students develop strong, sustainable connections to local food, farmers and ranchers. Plus, it adds local flavor to school menus and teaches students about Texas agriculture when they enjoy local products in school meals.

The Local Products Challenge

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Each year, TDA challenges schools to use more Texas products in cafeteria meals, with the Local Products Challenge and recognizes participants that complete the challenge.

Participation Overview

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This year’s challenge will take place the month of October 2016 and is open to all Contracting Entities (CEs) participating in the National School Lunch Program in Texas. The participation pledge should be completed by the CE, not an individual school campus.

Steps to participate in the challenge
  1. Take the Local Products Challenge pledge.
      • CEs that pledge participation will receive Farm Fresh Fridays support materials from TDA, See the participation pledge for more information.
  1. Submit the October 2016 menu by the deadline.
  2. Tell TDA about your celebration!

Submitting menus
    • To complete the challenge, a menu for the month of October 2016 should be submitted to TDA no later than Friday, Oct. 7th. 
    • Menus should clearly indicate which Texas ingredients/products are included in the meal item(s).
    • If more than one menu will be used during the month, submit a copy of each menu. If the same menu will be used for all campuses with the same grade level, submit one copy of the menu.
    • Menus should be e-mailed to LocalProducts.SquareMeals@TexasAgriculture.gov.
    • Please include in your email any information TDA needs to be aware of when reviewing the menu(s).

Recognition
    • TDA will recognize all CEs that complete the challenge and submit a menu that clearly indicates which cafeteria meal items include local products during the challenge period. 
    • TDA will additionally recognize CEs that complete the challenge by:
    1. Submitting a menu that clearly indicates that Texas products from three or more meal component categories (i.e., dairy, protein, fruit, vegetable, grain) were served during the challenge period. 
    2. Submitting information to TDA about one or more farm fresh educational opportunities for students.
        • The Farm Fresh Fridays educational opportunity can include any activity that educates students about local food and agriculture. Activity examples include, taste testing local products, field trip to a local farm or farmers market, Meet the Farmer day, garden-based learning activity or classroom lesson focused on local food and/or agriculture.
        • You may use one of TDA’s Farm Fresh Fridays celebration ideas and resources or create your own. 
        • Local Products Challenge participants must email TDA with information and photos, if available, about the celebration. Information must clearly explain the activity, including which students participated and any school our outside organization partners that assist. TDA may ask for additional details, as needed.

Resources

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Use these resources to celebrate Farm Fresh Fridays and Texas agriculture throughout the school year.

Farm Fresh FridaysFarm Fresh Fridays informational card
Looking for a fun way to celebrate Texas agriculture in your school, child care center or summer meal program? Look no further than Farm Fresh Fridays! This card introduces a fun way to bring local agriculture to your program. But don’t worry, activities do not have to be limited to Fridays. 

Farm Fresh Fridays: Parent involvement
This flier outlines three steps parents can take to bring Texas Farm Fresh to their child’s school.

Farm Fresh Fridays: Participación de los padres
Tres cosas que los padres pueden hacer para que Texas Farm Fresh venga a sus escuelas locales.

NEW! Farm to School Planning — The Ready. Set. Go! Approach
This guide provides a blueprint for parents interested in supporting the creation of a robust farm to school program in their child’s K-12 setting.  Parents also will find connections to resources offering ideas, inspiration, and funding for farm to school projects.

Menu with Recipes
TDA has created a suggested menu for National School Lunch Week that can provide inspiration on new recipes that feature seasonally available, local products. Download a copy of the menu and meal component contribution worksheet. 

Plan Farm Fresh Fridays celebrations
Farm Fresh Fridays offers a great way for schools that are looking for ways to incorporate farm to school activities and celebrate Texas agriculture while educating students about local food. Use these activity inspirations to plan a local Farm Fresh Fridays celebration. 

2016 Local Products Challenge Participants

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Contracting EntitySorted By Contracting Entity In Ascending Order
Abernathy ISD
Aldine ISD
Aledo ISD
Alice ISD
Alief ISD
Allen ISD
Alpine ISD
Alvin ISD
Alvord ISD
Anderson-Shiro CISD
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2015 Local Products Challenge Participants

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Contracting EntitySorted By Contracting Entity In Ascending Order
Aledo ISD
Alice ISD
Allen ISD
Anderson-Shiro CISD
Angleton ISD
Anthony ISD
Aransas Pass ISD
Austin ISD
Belton ISD
Ben Bolt-Palito-Blanco ISD
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For more information about Farm Fresh Fridays or the Local Products Challenge, please contact TDA at LocalProducts.SquareMeals@TexasAgriculture.gov.
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