Check out our companion website, Cafeteria Classroom, for all the things going on in Portland Public Schools related to local foods!
Local Food Fuels Learning -
United States Department of Agriculture
In July of 2020, the Cumberland County Food Security Council in partnership with Portland Public Schools, was awarded a two-year USDA Farm to School Implementation Grant for its proposal, "Local Food Fuels Learning." The main objective of this proposal is to promote school food emphasizing local, fresh, and nutritious by building upon the strong foundation of work established through the Food Fuels Learning network and model. The values of this project are rooted in equity, community empowerment, and relationship building.
USDA 'Thank You + Sharing Session'
On October 26, 2021, the USDA FNS Regional Office featured the Council and our partners for our outstanding farm to school work. You can find this 'Thank You + Sharing Session' recording, which highlights the USDA's acknowledgment of our work and each of our grant partners talking about their accomplishments, here.
Maine Farm to School Institute
Cumberland County Food Security Council and Food Fuels Learning were sub-awardees on a grant from the USDA Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to fund the new Maine Farm to School Institute. Members of our Leadership Team served as advisors with the Maine Farm to School Institute program committee in order to integrate food security as an integral part of Farm to School content.