National Farm to School Network is gearing up for the next Child Nutrition Act reauthorization (CNR), and we're looking for feedback from our members and farm to school stakeholders about how CNR can support your efforts. We held four listening session in March and April to hear from the farm to school community. If you weren’t able to join a listening session or have additional feedback to share, we welcome your comments and ideas. Please use the open-ended questions below to share your perspectives and help the National Farm to School Network shape our future CNR policy initiatives.

If you are not familiar with the topics below, review the presentation slides or watch this recording from the CNR Listening Sessions for context and background information. Have questions? Email Chloe Marshall, NFSN Policy Specialist, at chloe@farmtoschool.org.

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USDA Farm to School Grant Program: What is currently working well with the USDA Farm to School Grant Program? What are the most pressing challenges? Are the highest need schools able to access this program?

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Geographic Preference: Is there urgency for changing this provision? Will it enhance farm to school access or create more administrative burden?

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Funding Incentives for Local Food Procurement: Is incentivization of local procurement needed? Are there other incentive models that we should explore before legislating something nationally? What are the comparative advantages of these models? What are the challenges and barriers to each model?

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Any other feedback on how the next CNR could support your farm to school efforts?

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