School Meal Day

The Colorado Departments of Agriculture and Education would like to invite Colorado schools to participate in the annual Colorado Proud School Meal Day on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. This is a day to celebrate Colorado agriculture and to educate schoolchildren about healthy eating.

In order to encourage eating habits that will promote a lifetime of optimal health, it is essential to teach children about the importance of eating foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products. Proper nutrition is critical if our educational programs and our students are going to continue to excel.

Colorado farmers and ranchers produce food items that provide the nutrients children and adults need to thrive. Agribusinesses contribute more than $40 billion to the state economy annually and provide more than 170,000 jobs. With more than 37,000 farms and ranches encompassing 31 million acres, it is easy to understand the value this industry adds to Colorado.

Thank you for participating in this year's Colorado Proud School Meal Day. We look forward to making this an exciting annual event. If you have any questions or if you need additional supplies, please contact Shaina Knight at (303) 869-9176. 

Map of Schools Participating in 2016 Colorado Proud School Meal Day

Materials:

Order Free Materials
Colorado Proud School Meal Day Proclamation
Colorado Proud Facebook Page

School Meal Day Ideas:

Sourcing Local:

Find Colorado Products
Colorado Produce Calendar
Colorado Farm Fresh Directory
Procuring Local Foods For Child Nutrition Programs

Partners:

Colorado Beef Council
Colorado Department of Education
Colorado Egg Producers
Colorado Farm Bureau
Colorado Farm to School Task Force
Colorado Foundation for Agriculture
Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
Colorado State University Extension, Colorado 4-H Youth Development
Food Waste Recovery Challenge, Environmental Protection Agency
LiveWell Colorado
Slow Food Denver
Western Dairy Association (Complements teacher guide and student handouts on order form.)

Colorado Department of Agriculture Resources:

8 Great Reasons to Buy Local
Colorado Agriculture from A to Z
Colorado Agriculture Map for Kids
Colorado Proud Fact Sheet
Colorado Proud Fun Facts
Colorado Proud School Meal Day Webinar
Learn About Colorado Agriculture

Additional Resources:

Chef Ann Foundation
Colorado Dairy Farm-to-School Program
Facts About Beef
Farm to School Census Information
Know Your Farmer. Know Your Food.
www.choosemyplate.gov
National Farm to School Network
Whole Kids Foundation Grant for School Gardens

Educational Tools:

Grass to Grain Game
My American Farm Game

Videos:

Colorado Proud Follow Your Fruits & Veggies Journey Farmer Videos:
Hirakata Farms, Rocky Ford, CO
Petrocco Farms, Brighton, CO
Sakata Farms, Brighton, CO
Strohauer Farms, La Salle, CO
Wacky Apple, Hotchkiss, CO