Building relationships with your parents and community is a vital tool in supporting your farm to school success. It could mean finding a volunteer group to help manage your school garden over the summer months, or engaging local health organizations, or industry groups to offer direct /indirect support such as event participation, funding, or even newsletter mentions. The more you keep your community and parents involved the more connected they are to your story, goals, and efforts.
Benefits to your community and parents1
- $2.16 economic activity generated for every local $1 you spend.
- Increased local food security.
- 1.67 jobs created for each new farm to school position held.
- You are offering local supporters positive news and happenings in their community.
- Increasing student interest in incorporating healthier foods in family diets.
Marketing Resources, Tools, and Examples
Outreach to Parents and Other Community Members
Ideas and guidance for engaging parents and community members in your Farm to School activities!
- Cal-Pro-Net Center – Outreach Toolkit, including Community Outreach Tips and more!
- Homework Diner
- National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
- Tips for Speaking to the Media
Promotional Materials for Parents and Other Community Members
Templates and tools for creating marketing materials for parents and community members!
- Farm to School Poster [PDF] [DOC]
- Fruit and Vegetable Collector Cards – Letter Home to Parents
- National FTS Month Communications Toolkit, including social media tips, e-newsletters, and press releases.
- Press Release Templates and Marketing Tips
- Produce Seasonality Chart (Colorado)
- Sample Welcome Letter to Parents
- Sample FTS Newsletter – Elementary School [English] [Spanish]
- Sample FTS Newsletter – Secondary School [English] [Spanish]