Winters Farm to School
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Organization Details
Due to the COVID-19 crisis we canceled our primary fundraiser, the Winters Farm to School (WF2S) Summer Feast, however, our community work continues. Hunger, one of the results of this crisis, makes our core mission critical. Since schools closed, our School District's Food Services distribute free, daily breakfast and lunches, for many children their only meals for the day, to those in Winters 18 years and under. Over 1,000 meals are distributed daily. Funds donated by WF2S help purchase fresh produce from local farms as part of these meals. Your BDOG donations will keep our children and families healthy and strong. Thank you and stay safe.

Programs

Description
The Winters Joint Unified School District (WJUSD) serves many low-income families who struggle to provide their children with three daily meals. The Food Service Director of WJUSD informed the Winters Farm to School (WF2S) Board that younger siblings of school-aged children were coming to the the district cafeterias with their families in the morning in need of breakfast. These younger, preschool-aged children do not qualify for the free and reduced federal program therefore could not partake in meal without being charged. The WF2S Board made the decision to pay for any preschool-aged child to eat breakfast with their siblings before school.
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
- This program has been successful, allowing all preschool-aged children access to breakfast at no cost
- The school has been welcoming to these families which has helped create a community of caring and involvement for parents and children who have not yet reached the age of enrollment
Description
The Winters Farm to School (WF2S) supports the Kids' Farmers Market (KFM) in partnership with the Yolo County Food Bank. The market serves kindergarten through 5th grade aged children from all economic backgrounds, providing each with approximately eight to ten pounds of fresh produce every week. The market is an opportunity for children to learn where their food comes from, gain exposure to unfamiliar healthy foods, take on the role of provider within their families, and prepare nutritious meals with their siblings and parents.
Budget
$10,000
Program Successes
- Each year the KFM becomes more successful with increased student participation and produce provided to the children of our community
- Beginning and end-of-year surveys given to children and parents illustrate that participating families utilize the produce in their cooking and eat more fruits and vegetables
- Additionally, survey results indicate that students involved in the market have a heightened willingness to try new and unfamiliar healthy foods
Description
The Winters Farm to School (WF2S) organization has funded the installment and maintenance of school gardens at each of Winters Joint Unified School District's (WJUSD's) sister elementary campuses. These gardens are accessible to all Kindergarten through 5th grade students in the district. Teachers utilize the gardens to develop Common Core State Standards (CCSS) - aligned lessons and provide their students with experiential outdoor learning.
Budget
$6,000
Program Successes
Growing & maintaining the Waggoner School garden (added this year - an all new irrigation system, decomposed granite pathways and permanent tables & chairs with shade) and maintaining & developing a new garden project at Rominger School (including a proposed Native American garden and early California Pioneer garden).

Received a "One in a Melon" award from the California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division & the California Department of Agriculture Office of Farm Fork award for harvesting produce with students from the Waggoner School Garden 2-3 times per week. The food was served to the students in grades K-12 throughout the Summer.
Description
The Winters Farm to School (WF2S) Organization has just launched the Farm Visits initiative this school year. The goal of this program is to heighten student connection to the land and build their understanding of the vibrant agricultural region in which they live. WF2S will fund farm visit field trips for all 3rd grade students at Winters Elementary School Waggoner campus. WF2S will assist teachers in identifying a local partner farm to visit, support them in organizing the outing, and cover all associated costs.
Budget
$1,000
Program Successes
- Winters Elementary Students attended Yolo County Farm Day at the Fairgrounds in Woodland where they had hands on agricultural experiences.
Description
The primary program supported by Winters Farm to School (WF2S) is supplementing the existing Federal School Lunch program with fresh local goods. Funds raised and donated by WF2S allow the Winters Joint Unified School District (WJUSD) to purchase produce, fruits, and nuts that are served at all of the district school sites, benefiting students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Budget
$30,000
Program Successes
- Because of WF2S support, students in WJUSD have access to fresh and healthful local produce at each of the district's campuses during breakfast and lunch
- The federal dollars allocated for this purpose are insufficient to provide the variety and quality of foodstuffs supported by WF2S contributions
- Because of the supplemental money given to the district by WF2S students are provided a more broad and healthful diet on a daily basis