October 2018 Farm Fresh Challenge Pledge - NSLP

Thank you for pledging participation in the Farm Fresh Challenge and committing to incorporate more local products in your school meals during the month of October 2018.

If you would like additional resources about how local may be defined, what school menu items can be sourced locally, or how to source local products, please visit the Texas Department Agriculture Farm Fresh website, www.SquareMeals.org/TexasFarmFresh, or contact FarmFresh@TexasAgriculture.gov.

* 1. Please complete the following information.

* 2. Please choose the preferred person for TDA to contact regarding the Farm Fresh Challenge.

As part of your participation in the Farm Fresh Challenge, TDA will send you the following materials to support your celebration of Farm Fresh Fridays and local products in schools.

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Static Cling: This item will adhere to glass food guards on the cafeteria line and help identify which food items include local ingredients.
Static clings will be packaged in sets of 3; TDA will distribute a maximum of 1 set for each campus/site for each CE participating in the challenge.

"We Serve Local" Button: This item is for cafeteria team members to wear to show support for serving local food in school meals and snacks. 
Buttons will be packaged in sets of 25; TDA will distribute a maximum of 2 sets of buttons for each CE participating in the challenge.

"I Tried Local" Sticker: This item can be used as a prize for trying a food made with local ingredients. 
Stickers will be packaged in sets of 120 stickers; TDA will distribute a maximum of 3 sets of stickers for each CE participating in the challenge.

* 3. What is your preferred mailing address for all Farm Fresh Challenge materials? (Physical address only, no PO Box)

Participation and Recognition

There are now three tiers of recognition in the Farm Fresh Challenge. A brief description of each tier follows:

First Tier:

Eat Local.  Serve a minimum of two Texas products from different meal components (e.g., milk & vegetable) on the same day, three or more times each week during the month of October.
Teach Local. Host one educational opportunity during the month of October- see examples below for possible educational opportunities.
Be social. Share a post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #FarmFreshFriday to build community awareness of your Farm Fresh Challenge participation.


Second Tier:

Eat Local. Serve a minimum of two Texas products from different meal components (e.g., milk & a vegetable) on the same day, one of more times each week during the month of October.
Teach Local. Host one educational opportunity during the month of October- see examples below for some possibilities.
Be Social. Share a post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #FarmFreshFriday to build community awareness of your Farm Fresh Challenge participation.


Third Tier: 

Eat Local. Serve three Texas products from different meal components (e.g., fluid milk, a vegetable, and a grain) during the month of October.
Teach Local. Host one educational opportunity during the month of October- see examples below for some possibilities.
Be Social. Share a post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #FarmFreshFriday to build community awareness of your Farm Fresh Challenge participation.


Farm fresh educational opportunities for students 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. 

TDA will recognize all NSLP contracting entities that complete the Farm Fresh Challenge and submit an attestation form. This form collects information about local products served, dollars spent on Texas products, details about hosted educational activities and social media activity. Please visit the Farm Fresh Challenge Web page at SquareMeals.org/TexasFarmFresh for a copy of the attestation form. New for 2018, if you are ready, you may submit all of your documentation at this time.

Attestation Form

Please complete the following information about activities that will occur during the month of October 2018. This information will serve as an attestation of your participation in the 2018 Farm Fresh Challenge. If you do not wish to complete the following information at this time, you may access a similar form on Squaremeals.org/FarmFreshChallenge at any time. TDA requires this information to verify your district's participation in the Farm Fresh Challenge.

* 4. Which participation tier do you expect to achieve in the Farm Fresh Challenge?

* 5. How many times per week do you expect to serve 2 or more local components on your menus?

* 6. List the categories of each component to be served from a local source during the Farm Fresh Challenge (ex: vegetable, grain, milk)

  Milk Meat/Meat Alternate Fruit Vegetable Grain
1st Meal Component
2nd Meal Component
3rd Meal Component
4th Meal Component
5th Meal Component
6th Meal Component
7th Meal Component

* 7. Menu item name for each meal component
Example:
1. Confetti coleslaw
2. Turkey sandwich
3. Low-fat milk

* 8. Ingredient name for each meal component
Example:
1. Carrots
2. Whole-grain sandwich bread
3. Low-fat milk

* 9. Estimated quantity of each ingredient to be served
Example:
1. 50 lbs of carrots
2. 142 packs of whole grain sandwich bread
3. 368 cases of low-fat milk

* 10. Estimated cost of each ingredient to be served
Example:
1. Carrots- $705
2. Whole grain sandwich bread - $2,350
3. Low-fat milk- $4,195

* 11. Please provide a summary of the student educational activities you plan to provide during the Farm Fresh Challenge.

Farm Fresh educational activities include any activity that educates children about local food and agriculture. Activity examples include taste testing local products; field trips to a local farm or farmers market; Meet the Farmer day; garden-based learning activities; or classroom lesson focused on local food and agriculture. You may use one of TDA’s Farm Fresh Fridays celebration ideas and resources or create your own.

* 12. Do you plan to post on social media as part of your participation in the Farm Fresh Challenge?

* 13. What social media username will be used for the post(s)?

* 14. If you answered yes to the previous question, what social media platforms will you utilize? (Examples: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Farm Fresh Challenge Impact Evaluation

Your feedback about the Farm Fresh Challenge is important. Please answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge.

* 15. Do you anticipate using new ingredients for your menus during the Farm Fresh Challenge?

* 16. How do you plan to purchase local products for the Farm Fresh Challenge?

* 17. Do you anticipate continuing to use the ingredients used during the Farm Fresh Challenge on menus for the remainder of the school year?

* 18. Do you anticipate higher labor costs as a result of your participation in the Farm Fresh Challenge?

* 19. Do you anticipate higher food costs as a result of your participation in the Farm Fresh Challenge?

* 20. Do you plan to use any of the following TDA resources to help you succeed in the Farm Fresh Challenge?

* 21. I confirm that the information provided is a true and accurate description of anticipated participation in TDAs Farm Fresh Challenge.

* 22. How challenging do you think it will be to add local ingredients to your menus during the Farm Fresh Challenge?

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