A Big First Step Forward for Farm to School!

Great news! Today we are a HUGE step closer to helping 3 million more schoolchildren get involved in farm to school programs. That means 3 million kids could soon be eating better at school, digging into bountiful school gardens, and learning from local farmers where their food comes from. 

Here’s what just happened: this morning, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted unanimously to send their draft Child Nutrition Act reauthorization on to the full Senate, and it includes 10 million dollars a year – doubled funding! – for farm to school grants nationwide, along with a host of fixes that will help the grant program work better for schools and farmers.

Can you help us THANK Senators who helped champion this issue and encourage the full Senate to move it forward?



IS ONE OF YOUR SENATORS ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE? If so, send them a message like this one using the form above (just copy, paste, and customize):

Hello! I’m a constituent and a voter (let ‘em know if you are a farmer or work at a school, too!) – I want to thank Senator [X] for his/her support of increased farm to school funding in the Child Nutrition Act. This increased support will directly benefit farmers and schoolchildren in our state. (If you also have a Senator not on the list below, add a line like this: I also encourage Senator [Y] to support this bill when it comes to the Senate floor.) Farm to school is a win for [your state]! Thank you!

Republicans Democrats
  • Pat Roberts, Kansas, Chairman
  • Thad Cochran, Mississippi
  • Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
  • John Boozman, Arkansas
  • John Hoeven, North Dakota
  • David Perdue, Georgia
  • Joni Ernst, Iowa
  • Thom Tillis, North Carolina
  • Ben Sasse, Nebraska
  • Chuck Grassley, Iowa
  • John Thune, South Dakota
  • Debbie Stabenow, Michigan, Ranking Member
  • Patrick Leahy, Vermont
  • Sherrod Brown, Ohio
  • Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota
  • Michael Bennet, Colorado
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, New York
  • Joe Donnelly, Indiana
  • Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota
  • Bob Casey Jr., Pennsylvania

IS YOUR SENATOR NOT ON THE LIST ABOVE? If so, send them a message like this one (one click sends 2 emails! (just copy, paste, and customize)):

Hello! I’m a constituent and a voter (let ‘em know if you are a farmer or work at a school, too!) – I want to encourage my Senator to support the Child Nutrition Act that was passed this morning out of the Senate Agriculture Committee. This bill includes increased farm to school funding that will directly benefit farmers and schoolchildren in our state, and the bill is expected on the Senate floor for debate in the coming weeks. Please support a Child Nutrition Act that includes this critical farm to school support! Farm to school is a win for [your state]! Thank you.


What comes next? This bill will soon be sent to the full Senate for debate; the House also needs to prepare their own version of the bill (here’s a handy flowchart reminder of how a bill becomes a law!). We’ll keep you posted as things move forward!

Thank you again for speaking up for farm to school: your voice matters, and it has an impact!