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The Lunch Box’s Resources section is the central library for all resource tools developed by The Lunch Box team and those shared by other School Food experts around the country. It is a wellspring of tools including evaluations, grant finding and writing tools, feasibility studies, case studies, Farm to School resources and more so you can consider and begin to take action to transform your school district’s food program from a highly processed to a scratch-cooking environment.
FamilyCook Productions “School Community Food Assessment”

""Watch Kids Eat Their Veggies with a Smile!" At FamilyCook Productions, we support the family with culinary/nutrition education programs because we know it takes a holistic approach to develop healthy family meals.

Mission: To bring families together around delicious, fresh food while positively impacting their health and well-being."


"Forty percent of threatened and endangered species are found only on private or state lands. That makes agricultural land incredibly important for conservation efforts. Farmers and ranchers all across America are participating in programs to restore wetlands, protect habitat, conserve natural resources, and reduce agricultural runoff.

These programs are funded through the farm bill, which, at $4 billion per year in conservation funding, is the nation’s largest source of conservation funding.

These pages describe the conservation programs available to agriculture, and describe Defenders of Wildlife’s efforts to help these programs do even more for wildlife."

Farm Aid

"Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $39 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land. Farm Aid accomplishes this mission by: Promoting Food from Family Farms, Growing the Good Food Movement, Helping Farmers Thrive, and Taking Action to Change the System"

Farm to Institution: A Summary of Research on Local Food Purchasing by Institutions

Since 2004, the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems has conducted six surveys to understand the landscape of Farm to Institution efforts in Michigan. A new synthesis brings together this research to summarize what is currently understood about local food purchasing by institutions and about the producers who sell to them, what is still unknown and what next steps are being taken in the research.

See the synthesis and find individual survey summaries at

Farm to School

"Farm to School connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers."

Farm to School & Food Safety-­‐ A School Foodservice Director’s Guide

Worried about food safety when it comes to establishing a farm-to-school program? Read here and follow the steps to ensure your program is safe!

Farm to School Case Studies and Resources for Success National Farm to School Program 2004

Great resource for anyone interested in learning more about the Farm to School movement.

Farm to School Contacts with State Government

An interactive map to guide you to farm to school contacts at state government agencies and Cooperative Extension offices across the country.

Farm to School Curriculum Resources for Colorado Elementary Schools

A collection of lesson plans and readers great for teaching students about farm and food!