2013 State of Farm to School in San Diego County Report

State of F2S Report


The first-ever State of Farm to School in San Diego County Report reveals a strong local food movement in San Diego County schools. The report is based on a countywide survey of San Diego County school districts' local procurement and programming practices. The report was conducted by the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce (F2S Taskforce), a subcommittee of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (Initiative), a project facilitated by CHIP, and supported through partnerships with the San Diego Hunger Coalition (SDHC) and Whole Foods Market (WFM).

The State of Farm to School in San Diego County Report details several key findings, including:

  • 18 districts purchase local, regional, and/or California grown products
  • Districts participating in farm to school (F2S) range in size and geographic setting (e.g., urban, rural)
  • Challenges still exist that limit F2S

The report also provides key stakeholders recommendations for systematically advancing F2S across the county.

The report includes data from 24 of San Diego County's 42 districts, representing 80% of all school meals and snacks served in San Diego County, and more than $7.3 million in annual produce purchases.

For more information, download a full copy of the State of Farm to School in San Diego County Report.

Here is a brief infographic that explains the findings of the report.


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  • One in four children in San Diego County is overweight or obese; this is slightly higher than the national average (California Center for Public Health Advocacy, 2009)
  • Walking and biking have decreased more than 40% during the past 3 decades, partly because of unsafe routes and poor walking conditions (Active Living Research, 2009).
  • In 2006 alone, overweight; obesity; and physical inactivity cost California $41 billion in healthcare and productivity loss

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