This guide was developed by Chelsea Prax at the AFT; Mieka Sanderson, formerly of FRAC, now at USDA; and Crystal FitzSimons at FRAC. AFT’s Lauren Samet, Jennifer Scully and Melanie Hobbs reviewed the guide. AFT and FRAC would like to thank Anna Mullen with the Farm to School Network and Anisa Heming with the Center for Green Schools for contributing sections to the guide.
The authors appreciate and value the time AFT union members and leaders contributed in support of this guide. In particular, we thank the Meriden Federation of Teachers, Syracuse Teachers Association and United Federation of Teachers for thoughtful reflections on successful aspects of district programs, which inform several case studies. We also thank the members of Albuquerque Teachers Federation, Houston Federation of Teachers and Spring Branch AFT who shared their perspectives in focus groups.
The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.
The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national organization working for more effective public and private policies to eradicate domestic hunger and undernutrition. For more information about FRAC, or to sign up for FRAC’s Weekly News Digest and monthly Meals Matter: School Breakfast Newsletter, go to: frac.org.