Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Contact Information

125 S Webster St
PO Box 7841
Madison, WI 53703 - 3474
(608) 267-9121
FY 2017 AmeriCorps State and Territory Commission

Executive Summary

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) proposes to have 30 AmeriCorps (AC) members who will serve as nutrition educators and community outreach members as part of the Farm to School (F2S) Program. Host sites across Wisconsin (WI) will be selected with priority in areas with higher free and reduced meal reimbursements and prior compliance to the AC F2S Program. At the end of the program year, the AC members will have: delivered a minimum of five, 30 minute nutrition education lessons to at least 8,000 unique 4k-12 grade students, utilizing WI developed curriculum; survey a representative, random sample of 2,000 participating students, of which 50% will show a 20% increase in willingness to try healthy foods; distributed take home education materials/samples; survey at least 1,000 parents of participating students, where 50% will show an increase in an increase in willingness to consume and purchase fruit and vegetables; per host site, introduced a minimum of ten locally grown foods into schools and districts, utilizing four foods in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP); participated in at least four community events representing and/or promoting their programs; built and/or maintained at least one school garden per host site; and connected at least four local farmers with schools for educational purposes (teaching students where their food comes from, what farmers do, etc), with one farmer having sustainable connections. Program wide, the AC members will leverage 500 volunteers who will engage in F2S activities, nutrition and garden education and/or programming in the school and communities of the host site.

This program will focus on the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) focus area of Healthy Futures. The CNCS investment of $204,694 will be matched with $278,251 of which all match dollars are public funding dollars.

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