Each October, schools participating in the challenge incorporate more Texas products in meals and provide memorable lessons about healthy lifestyles and Texas agriculture.
“Texas agriculture offers something local for any meal or menu, and when schools serve that food in the cafeteria, families are more likely to put it on the table at home,” Commissioner Miller said. “When a school meal includes products like citrus, lean beef or low-fat milk from Texas, it provides a lesson in healthy eating that lasts a lifetime and an economic boost that benefits the entire community.”
More than 54 million meals are served during the month-long challenge, which encourages each district’s efforts to keep their buying power close to home and support local economies and businesses. Farm Fresh Challenge participation increased 29 percent from 2017 to 2018, with more than 230 school districts participating in the 2018 Farm Fresh Challenge.
Prime Participant Award winners met the third highest standard of the Farm Fresh Challenge and have showcased extraordinary commitment to Texas agriculture.