b'ASSESSING FARM TO SCHOOL ACTIVITYOne approach to increasing access and consumption to fruits and vegetables is through the pro-motion of farm to school programs, 10which emphasize: procurement of local foods by schools, educational opportunities related to food, nutrition or agriculture, and school gardening programs. Proponents of farm to school programs identify that schools, as large institutional purchasers, can influence and support local farmers by committing to purchasing in volumes that allow farms to invest in their businesses to plant, grow, harvest, package, and transport their produce to scale. A Farm to Table Coalition has been formed in the Finger Lakes counties to explore these issues. On behalf of the Coalition, S2AY Rural Health Network administered surveys to farmers and school food service directors in 2017-2018 to assess the interest, barriers and opportunities to increase offerings of fresh, local produce in school meal programs.School Food Service Directors SurveyTwenty-one Food Service Directors representing schools in 8 counties (Chemung, Livingston, On-tario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates) responded to the survey. Of those:75 percent reported using local produce in cafeteria meals.29 percent reported using local produce for their Summer Food Service Program sites. Sum-mer Food Service programs provide free meals to children during summer vacation when some children lack access to food they otherwise eat at school.19 percent highlighted local produce in Harvest of the Month events.Food service direcors were asked to select all products you are interested in purchasing locally. As displayed in Figure 17, the food service directors reported a high level of interest (>60%) in pur-chasing a variety of local produce, including apples, baby carrots, baby spinach, broccoli, corn, cucumbers, peaches, pears, peppers, potatoes, romaine lettuce and tomatoes.Figure 17: Interest among Food Service Directors in purchasing local produce, 2017.Farmers SurveyThirty nine farmers responded to the survey. Of those: 65 percent expressed interest in selling their crops or products to local schools.72 percent would make investments to grow more if schools were committed to purchasing from them. Only 13 percent of farmers reported that they are currently selling to schools.30'