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Farm to School Program

Through monthly classroom lessons focused on introducing students to fresh fruit and vegetables, farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to build vibrant communities. The Chickasaw Nation Farm to School team partners with Chickasaw Nation Head Starts and the Early Childhood Program to provide lessons that educate students on the importance of eating healthy and learning the process of how food is grown. The agriculture-based lessons and learning activities have been successful as students are trying new foods and are excited to learn where their food comes from and how it grows.

The farm to school team also works with each Chickasaw Nation Head Start and Early Childhood Center to provide fresh and locally grown produce for students throughout the month. Students are introduced to new produce each month through an integrated approach of classroom lessons, cafeteria meals and reinforcement tools for family involvement.

Other Information

Chickasaw Nation’s Farm to School grant partners school districts with area farmers to bring locally grown fruits and vegetables to children in their school cafeteria. Information and assistance is open to all school districts and farmers interested in the program, who operate within the Chickasaw Nation jurisdiction.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Service Area

Chickasaw Nation Residents

This service is available inside the Chickasaw Nation's boundaries

Location

Ada Nutrition Services
518 E. Arlington
Ada, Oklahoma 74820

(888) 436-7255