Your Passion, Our Local School Connections
It can be difficult to add your items to school menus on your own. We solve this by selling them to schools for you! The Local Food System Task Force strengthens the supply chain to help producers like you sell items to school systems easier and more efficiently.
Take the Guesswork Out of:
Food Safety Certification
We’ll help you through all the steps to become certified if you aren’t already.
Business Planning & Logistics
Create efficiencies in your business with support in supply chain logistics and storage.
We facilitate co–op buying and respond to farm–to–school bids to increase economic opportunity for our partners.
Marketing & Communication Opportunities
Our Grower Storytelling Kits tell your story in a fun, engaging way for kids & adults.
We're Better Together
Since 2017, Feed Our Future has helped sell over $1.5 million in local food items to surrounding school districts! Be part of the system that delivers consistently rather than coordinating with schools solo. Our team has a proven record of selling local produce and food items to local schools. Tap into our collective knowledge and experience!
Northeast Ohio Local Food Sales | We are working towards a $700,000 sales goal across the 2022–2025 school years, a 75% increase in 3 years. As of July 2023, we ended the school year with $551,882.29 in local food sales for NEO school districts.
What You Need to Know
If you haven’t worked with schools before, there are several important steps you must take. The task force leadership is ready to help you with any or all of these steps with resources and support.
Be aware of important dates.
Schools plan their menus far in advance. Have your pricing ready before March 1st to be included in bids for the following school year.
Producers selling to schools must be Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified or have a 3rd party audit.
Complete child nutrition label or product formulation statement.
Based on what you produce, schools require different nutritional information and documentation.
Tell Your Story
Our Grower Storytelling Kit helps producers like you share your community impact with parents, students and school administrators. Connect with the community and promote your business in a fun, engaging way!