Harvest of the Month (HOM) provides ready-to-go tools and resources to promote local, seasonal foods. HOM provides the opportunity for collaboration among educators, food serve staff, school administrators, students, parents, and retail outlets — all of whom are striving toward promote healthy food choices.
HOM features 4 key monthly elements:
- Cafeteria newsletter: provides recipes, menu inserts, farm profiles, and ideas for integrating local food into the school meal program.
- Educator newsletter: provides hands-on activities, lessons, tools, and ideas for integrating food, health, and nutrition education into the full curriculum.
- Family newsletter: reinforces what kids learn in the classroom and provides parents with nutrition information, healthy eating tips, recipes, and tips for selecting, storing, and serving the local food.
- Retail store packet: extends the school message to the community with recipes, tips for promoting local food purchasing, and store display ideas.