Introduced in 2005, the California Fresh Start Program provides an additional 10 cents per meal for fruits and vegetables. The law also encourages schools to buy California products when commercially available. As a part of nutrition education, sampling of produce is required, and may include purchase of local products for this purpose. The State Department of Education is provided $400,000 to distribute grants, on a competitive basis, county offices of education or community colleges.
California Fresh Start Program Statutes
Statutes and Ordinances
Level of Government
Farm to School / Institution, Local / Regional Food Systems
Cal. Educ. Code §§ 49565 to 49565.8 (2008).