USDA Says Thank You to Farm to School Census Respondents 

By Nirja Shah

USDA Says Thank You to Farm to School Census Respondents 

Every four years, USDA surveys more than 18,000 participating school food authorities (SFAs) through the Farm to School Census. This survey is conducted in all 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia and represents the most comprehensive dataset of its kind. Responding to it requires the hard work of school food directors, State agency staff, and farm to school partners. For the 2023 Census, school teams provided information about how they incorporate local foods into their school meals, their agricultural and nutrition education activities, and how their edible school gardens invigorate campuses at all grade levels.  

The data collection period has closed and USDA has begun preparing the data for publication in the 2023 Farm to School Census Report, which will be available this fall. The report will tell the story of how the use of local food products is progressing nationwide and will help schools, partners, advocates, producers, and policymakers understand how SFAs are doing their part to support vibrant local food systems and contributing to student experiences at school.