Launched in 2006, Fair Food’s Farm to Institution (FTI) Program connects institutional food service professionals who want to buy high-quality, locally-grown food to its sources: local, family-owned farms and values-based distributors.

Fair Food’s Farm to Institution Program works with a diverse group of institutions across Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. From Princeton University, to Jefferson University Hospital to the School District of Philadelphia, the program aims to support a wide range of schools, universities, hospitals, eldercare communities, and other institutional buyers as they navigate the local food system and build more sustainable dining operations.   Our farm to institution and farm to school initiatives are designed to support our region’s farmers while bringing more fresh, healthy, locally grown food to a diversified institutional consumer base.

FTI provides a range of services to public and private regional institutions in order to help connect them more closely to our local food system.

Farm to Institution
Fair Food’s Farm to Institution Program serves regional institutions to help connect them to sources of locally, sustainably grown and produced foods for use in their dining operations.  Through one-on-one consultations, shared marketing tools, resources, and technical support, FTI works with over 30 schools (public, private, and charter), colleges, universities, hospitals, and eldercare communities.

Philly Farm to School
The School District of Philadelphia has teamed up with Fair Food and partners The Food Trust, and PUFFA to bring fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to 25 district schools.  This farm to school program is a groundbreaking effort for the city and can bring fresh healthy foods to up to 45,000 students this year and includes trainings, farm tours, workshops and support for cafeteria staff, a youth-led marketing and messaging campaign, and research into the ways and means the SDP can make farm to school procurement practices a long-term solution for fresher, more sustainably produced school meals.

PAISBOA Farm to School Collaborative
Fair Food, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools Business Officers Association (PAISBOA) to pilot a 12-school local food buying initiative for academic year 2010-2011.  Independent schools in the region are purchasing locally grown products– fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy, and other locally produced foods– to explore demand, usage, challenges and successes among these schools.  The pilot will explore options for collaborative purchasing methods and other possible farm to school programming initiatives for future years at the end of the trial period. This program is supported by Sage Dining Services, PAISBOA, and Culinart, Inc.