USDA Farm to School Census 2023 Reminder
The 2023 Farm to School (F2S) Census (Census) is currently underway! Remember, it is important that all School Food Authorities (SFAs), public, charter, and private, complete the Census whether or not you conduct any farm to school activities so that the results accurately reflect what’s happening in California. This information may be used to demonstrate the need for future funding and resources.
Only one in four California SFAs have returned their surveys, which is below the national average. If you have not completed the Census yet, please submit it now. If you have completed your Census, thank you for participating!
The Census gathers data every four years from SFAs that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) nationwide. The Census is the best tool for collecting important information that helps support F2S efforts. We want to ensure that all the activities in California are well represented!
To Access Your Census
On October 2, 2023, food service directors received a link to the Census and instructions from Farm2SchoolCensus@dir-online.com. If you did not receive the email, please check your spam folder or contact Farm2SchoolCensus@dir-online.com to inquire about participation.
Additional information is available at the Census Resources site . Examples of available resources include:
- Webinar recording
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on the USDA Farm to School Census FAQ web page .
If you have any questions, please contact the Census project team toll-free at 866-986-2230 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time, or email Farm2SchoolCensus@dir-online.com.