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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234


Office for Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education
School Operations and Management
Child Nutrition Program Administration
Room 55, Albany, New York 12234-0055
Tel (518) 474-3956 Fax (518) 473-0018
Web address: www.nysed.gov/cn/cnms.htm

 

To: School Food Service Directors/Managers
From: Frances N. O'Donnell, Coordinator
Date: April 2010
Subject: School Garden Q&As
 
   

Recently, we have received several questions regarding the operation of a school garden. Attached are questions and answers provided by USDA to address this issue.

In this time of fiscal constraint, resulting from reduced state aid, increased costs and pending layoffs, I am surprised that schools are looking at new initiatives. While I support the concept of a school garden, as school food service directors/managers, you must ensure that you are preparing and serving more healthy and wholesome food items and that your meals always meet meal pattern requirements. It is essential that you operate cost effectively and self-sustaining, if possible, as general fund revenues may not be available to cover your costs.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at fodonnel@mail.nysed.gov or 518-473-8781 if you have questions.

School Garden Q&As