With farm to school programs, the transport of farm products to the schools is in many cases the most challenging issue to be addressed. There is no “one size fits all”, as individual circumstances differ greatly. Some of the issues to consider are:
- School district size and the existence of central kitchens or satellite kitchens
- Storage capacity of the schools
- Existence of farmer cooperatives or networks
- Capacity of these networks to deliver
- Distance involved with deliveries
- Volume and type of products desired
- Amount of staff time needed to research and develop the distribution method.
Below are descriptions of four distribution methods, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Whatever method is chosen, it should address the needs of both farmers and food service, in order to be successful over time.