Farm to Childcare, a New Movement in Wake County
Farm to Childcare in Wake County is a program based on bringing about policy and systems change work that is now in its fourth year. Through the program, there has been an 80% increase in servings of North Carolina-grown produce for an average of 4.5 servings a week, and a 54% increase of fresh produce for an average of 12.8 servings per week. More than 3,500 children at 60 child care facilities are eating more fresh and local produce, child care centers and homes have updated handbooks to include the policy of at least three servings per week of NC produce, and centers have started hiring cooks with culinary skills when they need to rehire. Farm to Childcare is a collaborative effort led by Wake County Smart Start in collaboration with N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wake County and Advocates of Health in Action.
Check out this video of one of the 60 childcare facilities in action!