Farm to School Taskforce
The San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce (SDCF2ST) is a
subcommittee of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative
(Initiative), a project facilitated by Community Health Improvement
Partners, and supported through partnerships with the San Diego
Hunger Coalition (SDHC) and Whole Foods Market (WFM).
The SDCF2ST first began meeting in 2010 after WFM Hillcrest
brought together San Diego Unified School District food services
and local growers to begin dialogue on local food procurement in
schools. The resulting informal taskforce sought to improve the
quality of school meals through whole and locally-sourced foods-a
goal of WFM's "School Lunch Revolution" campaign. Recognizing the
economic, environmental and health benefits of local foods, WFM
invited the Initiative to co-lead the effort to expand the
project's reach countywide. In 2011, SDHC joined the Taskforce to
further support the work of the SDCF2ST.
In January 2013, the SDCF2ST completed a strategic plan that
outlines its vision, mission, and goals, which include:
San Diego County schoolchildren enjoy
healthy foods that maximize seasonal and local products that
bolster student achievement and wellness.
The San Diego County Farm to School
Taskforce (SDCF2ST) is a collaborative effort to increase
consumption of local, healthful, seasonal foods and to improve food
literacy within schools.
- Increase education and awareness about the connection between
regional food systems and student health and well-being.
- Create and foster opportunities for collaboration among farm to
- Increase farm to school in San Diego County school
- Promote San Diego County farm to school activities.
- Increase opportunities to advance and enhance farm to school
The San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce defines
local product in three-tiers:
- Local- Grown/raised in California within 25 miles of the San
Diego County Line
- Regional- Grown/raised in California within 250 miles of San
Diego County Line
- California- Grown/raised within the State of California