Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit Pilot Program: School District Application and Readiness Survey
Slow Food USA, Whole Kids Foundation and United Health Foundation are proud to introduce the Garden to Cafeteria (GTC) Toolkit to assist school districts to develop their own GTC program. In this Pilot Program, we are taking applications from school districts to be one of three pilot sites for the toolkit and to receive technical assistance from Slow Food USA through the process of developing your GTC protocols and to launch the GTC program for the first year.

To qualify for the Pilot Program, we are looking for school districts that AT A MINIMUM have these qualifications:

1) A robust school garden program with multiple gardens that have been producing fresh food for at least 2 years.

2) A Food Service Director that is supportive of school garden produce being used in the school kitchens.

3) Cafeterias that utilize salad bars as part of the meal program. If salad bars are not available, then the school meal program must have menu items that can utilize fresh produce from the garden.

4) The Food Service Director is willing to commit some staff time to work with school garden leaders and Slow Food USA to use the GTC Toolkit to develop GTC protocols.

The application period will be open from May 18-June 18, 2017. Once all applications have been received, Slow Food USA and WKF will review the applications to find the best 3 school districts for this pilot program. We are looking for examples of small, medium and large school districts in urban and rural areas.

To apply: Please answer the following questions with enough detail that we get a good sense of your programs in the district. In this format, there is not the opportunity to complete only part of this survey and then come back. The survey needs to be completed in full at one time. You can copy the questions and work on the answers off-line. Then you can copy and paste the answers into the survey.

The review process: Once the deadline for applying is over, a committee from Slow Food USA and Whole Kids Foundation will review the applications. We will select up to 10 applications that meet the minimum qualifications listed above and best represent the scope and goals of this pilot program. We will reach out to these 10 districts for a short interview. The final selection of the three school districts will be based on these interviews.

Name of school or District
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What type of school setting?
School/District City
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School/District State
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School/District zip code (central office)
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School/District county (central office)
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Applicant's name
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Applicant's title
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Applicant's email address
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Applicant's phone number
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School/District %F/R
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Number of schools in District (Respond "1" if you are a private school.)
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Number of students in school/District
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Racial and ethnic diversity breakdown in school/District
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How many schools have gardens in the District? (If you are a private school, respond "1")
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Please share an overview of the status of school gardens in your school/District. How long have gardens been around and what are some of the activities that happen in the gardens around the food that is produced?
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How many schools use salad bars in their cafeteria?
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How meals are served daily in your District?
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Please share a description of the school meal program, including the use of salad bars, farm to school initiatives, and scratch cooking programs.
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Please choose one of these options that describes your food service program?
In the past, has there been any collaboration between the school gardens and the Food Service Department? Please describe any projects that have involved school gardens and FSD.
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What is your relationship with the local health department like? We will need to engage the health department in the development of the GTC protocols. Do you have a sense on how they will react to this project?
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Why is developing a Garden to Cafeteria program important to your district and to your school meal program? Besides getting school garden produce into the school meals, what are your goals for this program?
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Are there any other details about your program or your desire to be part of this Pilot Program that we should consider as we review your application?
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