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Children’s Initiatives
Children’s Initiatives

Ohio’s Children’s Initiatives program

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, through its Children’s Initiatives program, is connecting kids back to where their food comes from and promoting Ohio agriculture.

Children's Initiatives Collage

• Acts as a resource for farmers and school programs.
• Promotes careers in agriculture.
• Supports schools and recognizes them for their child nutrition and farm to school efforts.
• Promotes healthy eating and encourages taste tests and cooking.
• Partners with other organizations to promote farm to school in Ohio.

Ohio's Partners

• OSU Extension
• Ohio Ag in the Classroom
• Ohio Farm Bureau• USDA Food & Nutrition Service
• Various Commodity Groups• Non-Profit Organizations
• Ohio Department of Education, which administers school meal programs including school breakfast, 
school lunches, after school meals, and summer meal programs. 

Events and Activities

School Garden Photo • School Breakfast Challenge award
• Ohio State Fair
• COSI Science Festival
• Farm Science Review
• Summer Feeding Program
• Projects with Governor Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine
• Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch
• Ohio Department of Agriculture Campus Tours

Resources

Food Safety Tips for Ohio Farm to School