Farm 2 SchoolThe 2018-2019 SY Request for Proposals is out now! If you're a farmer, producer, or vendor interested in selling to the USD 497 School District, please check out the RFP below. Proposals are due February 16, 2018.The goal of the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Farm to School program is to expand the prevalence of fresh, local foods in school cafeterias and bolster agriculture and nutrition education. Lawrence Public Schools received a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to fund and support a robust and sustainable Farm to School Program. This program is intended to primarily impact the 10,147 students (enrollment data from 2014) attending USD 497, and directly supports the board of education’s goal to “enhance student wellness by integrating supports and services across the district.” Students will be impacted by serving meals that feature more locally produced healthy foods, advancing farm to school experiential learning through school gardening initiatives and farm field trips, and facilitating curriculum integration of health and wellness in classrooms and cafeterias. As construction moves along at many locations, kitchens are being updated and space is being allocated for more school gardens. The district wide program will also impact children served by the summer feeding program. This program provides an ideal connection to farm to school, as seasonal summer produce form local farms can be integrated into these menus.