Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Farm to School program partners local farms with K-12 schools to provide Florida children with nourishing, locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables in school cafeterias.
Integrating conservation efforts into daily cafeteria operations can result in a financial savings for schools by decreasing food waste and reducing energy and water usage.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps improve the diets of low-income Americans, regardless of age, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is a federally funded program aimed to improve the health and nutritional status of elderly persons, 60 and older, who are income eligible.
The Healthy Food Financing Initiative directs FDACS to coordinate the use of $500,000 in state financial assistance to construct, rehabilitate or expand independent grocery stores, independent supermarkets, convenience stores and community facilities to increase access to fresh produce and other nutritious food in underserved and low-income communities.
The mission of the Special Milk Program is to encourage the consumption of milk by school-age children by providing milk at low or no cost.
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally funded program that assists schools and other agencies in providing nutritious meals to children at reasonable prices. Sponsors of the NSLP may participate in other nutrition programs like the School Breakfast Program, Seamless Summer Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and more.
Sponsors can find help with financial management and claims, meal planning, sample menus, trainings, food safety and disaster plans, Farm to School procurement, food allergies in schools and more.
Training and assistance for vendors of Florida's child nutrition programs
The WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides WIC participants with coupons that can be used to purchase locally grown, fresh Florida fruits and vegetables. Those who are enrolled in the WIC program can participate in the FMNP and will receive their FMNP coupons from the WIC clinic in which they are enrolled. Participants can then take the coupons to the authorized farmers market in their area and choose from FMNP-approved produce from April 1 to October 8.