Congratulations to Chef K! Co-State Lead for the National Farm 2 School Lunch Program

 We are all so very proud and know you will do a great job advancing the cause of giving each child the opportunity to eat healthy!  Congrats!


"Chef K"

Chef Kiersten Firquain, of Bistro Kids has accepted the position of co-state lead for the national Farm 2 School Lunch Program .  Along with Mercedes Taylor Puckett, of The Kansas Rural Center, Chef K will help bring fresh, healthy, local foods to school children statewide. The Farm 2 School program teaches students about the path from farm to fork, and instills healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime. At the same time, use of local produce in school meals and educational activities provides a new direct market for farmers in the area and mitigates environmental impacts of transporting food long distances.

More than 30 million children eat a school lunch five days a week, 180 days a year. If school lunch can taste great, and support the local community, it is a win-win for everyone. The National Farm to School Network is a collaborative project of the Center for Food & Justice (CFJ), a division of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College and the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC). From just a handful in the late 1990’s, Farm to School programs have spread to approximately 400 in 2004, 1,000 in 2007 and over 2,000 in 2009 spanning 40 states.

In order to sustain and build on the momentum created through the National Farm to School Program, over 30 organizations across the nation gathered in 2005 to explore the opportunities for a collaborative national farm to school structure that strengthened and expanded activities in states with existing programs and assisted others that did not yet have programs. Out of this planning process supported by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the National Farm to School Network was born in 2007. Chef K is a representative for the Midwest Region, one of eight regional lead agencies that provide free training and technical assistance, information services, networking, and support for policy, media and marketing activities.

For more information on how to get your school involved contact Chef K at or visit


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