Food Forests for Schools

Garden-to-Cafeteria Connections

Health Foundation of South Florida supports The Education Fund to Integrate Garden Produce in School Lunches

The garden-to-cafeteria pilot is the ultimate, hyper-local food experience with the produce coming directly from the school grounds! Students are beaming with joy to see what they have grown, being served at school, and they are thrilled to eat the fresh ingredients, knowing the produce came from their own hands. Cafeteria managers are proud to receive chef coats and are gratified to be cooking with superb, fresh ingredients. 

In 2015, cafeteria managers, teachers, and students participated in a healthy recipe contest. The winning recipe was designed by a student team from Palm Lakes Elementary in Hialeah. That school year, all students in the school were treated to a special tasting menu prepared by the Department of Food and Nutrition.

Starting in the 2016-2017 school year, Health Foundation of South Florida is again supporting the Garden-to-Cafeteria program with training opportunities at The Education Fund’s remaining 26 schools. There will be another recipe contest giving the schools a chance to highlight their creativity and showcase nutrition in their school.


About Health Foundation of South Florida
Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grant-making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents. Since 1993, the Foundation awarded more than $115 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or see their website,

About M-DCPS’ Department of Food & Nutrition
The M-DCPS Department of Food and Nutrition’s mission is to support student achievement by providing high-quality nutrition programs for students. The Department serves more than 15 million breakfasts and 35 million lunches to students annually, managing a budget of $189 million. The Department is committed to creating a healthy environment for all students and staff to perform at their highest physical, intellectual, and creative level in M-DCPS. For additional information, visit

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