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 1, 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.