Wyoming Farm to Plate
The Wyoming Farm to Plate program is part of a larger network including the National Farm to School Network and USDA Farm to School Program.
The Farm to Plate program not only targets schools and children, but encourages local food exchanges between hospitals, restaurants, elder care facilities, stores and other venues offering food.
The National Farm to School Network envisions a nation in which Farm to School programs are an essential component of strong and just local and regional food systems, ensuring the health of all school children, farms, the environment, economy and communities.
Strengthen children's and communities' knowledge about, and attitudes toward, agriculture, food, nutrition and the environment.
• Increase participation in the school meals program and consumption of fruits and vegetables, thereby improving nutrition, reducing hunger, and preventing obesity and obesity-related diseases.
• Benefit school food budgets, after start-up, if planning and menu choices are made consistent with seasonal availability of fresh and minimally processed whole foods.
• Support economic development across numerous sectors and promote job creation.
• Increase market opportunities for farmers, fishers, ranchers, food processors and food manufacturers.
• Decrease the distance between producers and consumers, thus promoting food security while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and reliance on oil.