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Farm-to-school programs: perspectives of school food service professionals.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20219722     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: This qualitative study used a case study approach to explore the potential of farm-to-school programs to simultaneously improve children's diets and provide farmers with viable market opportunities.
DESIGN: Semistructured interviews were the primary data collection strategy.
SETTING: Seven farm-to-school programs in the Upper Midwest and Northeast regions of the United States.
PARTICIPANTS: Seven school food service professionals, 7 farmers, and 4 food distributors recruited from 7 farm-to-school programs.
PHENOMENON OF INTEREST: Interviews probed why farmers, school food service professionals, and food distributors participate in farm-to-school programs and how they characterize the opportunities and challenges to local school food procurement.
ANALYSIS: Data were analyzed using thematic coding and data displays.
RESULTS: School food service professionals described 3 motivators for buying locally grown food for their cafeterias: (1) "The students like it," (2) "The price is right," and (3) "We're helping our local farmer." Students' preference for locally grown food was related to food quality, influence of school staff, and relationships with farmers. Buying food directly from farmers and wholesalers was associated with lower prices and flexible specifications, and the "local feel."
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Understanding school food service professionals' motivations for buying locally grown food is critical to the sustainability of farm-to-school programs.
Betty T Izumi; Katherine Alaimo; Michael W Hamm
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1878-2620     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Publication Date:    2010 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-11     Completed Date:  2010-05-17     Revised Date:  2013-01-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  83-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 Society for Nutrition Education. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Michigan State University, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Administrative Personnel / psychology*
Agriculture* / manpower
Attitude to Health*
Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology
Costs and Cost Analysis
Crops, Agricultural / economics,  standards
Food Services* / manpower,  organization & administration
Fruit / economics,  supply & distribution
Interviews as Topic
Students / psychology
Vegetables / economics,  supply & distribution

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