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How Farmers and Ranchers Can Get Involved

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Texas farmers and ranchers play a vital role
in the success of farm to site activities.  Opportunities for farmers and ranchers to get involved at local summer sites include selling products for meals and snacks, and engaging in learning opportunities for children.
Sell to Summer Meal Sponsors and Sites
Summer meals are a great way to enter the institutional market or expand current sales to local schools. During the summer, Summer Food Service Program sponsor organizations feed children nutritious meals and it offers the perfect opportunity to incorporate food items harvested at the peak of availability and freshness.

Go here for more information on selling your products to local schools and organizations.

Engage in Educational Activities
Enrichment activities are an important part of the Summer Meals Programs. Sponsors and site organizations host these educational or physical activities to encourage children to participate. Educational activities about local food and agriculture are great opportunities for farmers to connect with children through farm-based activities and agriculture-focused hands-on activities or demonstrations. 

Find a summer meal site near you by searching this interactive map.

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 (1) mail: 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
 
 (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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