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The Patrick Leahy Farm to School Program

Farm to School Census

The USDA Farm to School Census (the Census) is a one-of-a-kind report that features nationwide survey data from all school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program. The Census helps us to understand the depths of farm to school program engagement from SFAs across all 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. The first nation wide USDA Farm to School Census was conducted by USDA's Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) in 2013, in order to provide realistic goals regarding to the increasing the availability of local foods in schools.

In July 2021, USDA released the findings from its 2019 Farm to School Census. The 2019 Farm to School Census is our third census, with prior censuses being done in 2013 and 2015, and each time the Census is conducted we are noticing the growth in farm to school program engagement around the nation.

To see the results of the Census, please visit the

Farm to School Census website.

Our Census website has been designed to put more information at the fingertips of farm to school “do-ers” as they plan and discuss ways to grow their programs into the future.

Hungry for more information?

Please go to the USDA's Farm to School Program Fact Sheets Page.

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