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Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit

Slow Food USA, in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation, has developed a toolkit to help school district food services safely bring school garden produce onto the lunch line!

What is the toolkit?

The toolkit builds off the successes and safety protocols of five school districts across the United States to provide templates and a step-by-step process to help District Food Services develop their own protocols. It is developed based on the successes of the following school districts: 

• Austin Independent School District
• Chicago Public Schools
• Denver Public Schools
• San Diego Unified School District

How can I implement the toolkit?

You can download the toolkit for free COMING SOON! 

If you’d like a hardcopy shipped directly to you, you can also purchase a copy below.


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Creator of the toolkit, Andrew Nowak of Slow Food USA will also be providing remote support for Food Service Departments via a monthly webinar series, virtual office hours, and email support. Stay tuned for details but be sure to join our inaugural webinar with the School Garden Support Organization Network on May 22 at 2pm EST/11am PST. Register HERE

Success Stories 

We have been following the progress of our 4 pilot school districts-listed below. As they successfully implement the toolkit, we will highlight them here! We would love to feature your school district. 

Bellingham Public Schools (Bellingham, WA)
Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District (Houston, TX)
Pittsburg Unified School District (Pittsburg, CA)

Webinar: Creating a Garden to Cafeteria Community with Slow Food USA and Whole Kids Foundation

Are you interested in bringing fresh produce from the school garden into the cafeteria to be used in preparation of healthy school lunches? Join us on May 22 at 2 pm EST for a webinar that will introduce the new Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit from Slow Food USA and Whole Kids Foundation.  We will also describe the support for Food Service Departments provided by Slow Food USA. Our goal is to build a Garden to Cafeteria community to support numerous districts in creating their own Garden to Cafeteria programs using the toolkit.