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Miami Dade County Public Schools Food & Nutrition Department (M-DCPS FN) has been serving Florida-grown fruits and vegetables through the school meal program and their farm to school initiative since 2009. Miami-Dade County Health Department was awarded the Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant from the Center for Disease Control, and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools of Food & Nutrition Department was awarded a portion of this grant to expand its Farm to School Program.

Activities include: district-wide menu inclusion and distribution of Florida-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, implementation of a pilot program in 40 schools located in the Southern end of the District closest to local growers and farms, the integration of locally grown Farm to School items into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Garden to Cafeteria procedures and training to use grown herbs and produce items, assisting schools to conduct farmersí markets and Community-Supported Agriculture (CSAs) as healthy fundraisers.

Look out for these locally-grown items in school meals and/or through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in participating elementary schools:

Starfruit

Sapodilla

Corn Green Beans
Kumquat Strawberries
Blueberries

Tomatoes

Collard Greens Yellow and Green Squash
Calabaza Boniato

Check the school lunch and FFVP menus to see what locally-grown items will be included each month.

M-DCPS : 1450 NE 2nd Ave. : Miami, FL 33132 : Phone: (305) 995-1000 (For Non Technical Questions Only) © 2017