SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, October 4, 2017! Farm to School Night Out is a day-long, city-wide local food celebration that encourages individuals, families, organizations and businesses to eat at local restaurants. Participating restaurants are donating 10% of sales to the REAP Farm to School Program in the Madison Metropolitan School District, which provides fresh, local snacks, garden bars, nutrition education and hands-on culinary training for students. Everyone can dine in or carry out to help Farm to School in our community! Below are the participating restaurants from 2016 - the restaurants for this year will be posted soon!
Farm to School Night Out FAQ
What is Farm to School? REAP’s Farm to School program brings fresh, local fruits and vegetables to the students of the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). REAP Farm to School focuses on the most in-need students through our snack program in the lowest income elementary schools and classroom education in the same schools teaching students learn where their food comes from and what it does to their bodies. In 2015, 27 tons of fresh, local fruits and vegetables were served to 50,000 students. This year, REAP and MMSD hope to serve over 100 tons of local produce in student lunches and snacks. Middle and high school students learn hands-on culinary skills from some of Madison’s best chefs in the Chef in the Classroom program. The MMSD Summer Food Service program serves free meals, including local produce, to students during one of the most food insecure times of year. At REAP’s Family Food Fest students, families, and community members explore, learn about, and celebrate Farm to School.
Can I eat out for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Farm to School Night Out is an all day event. Please visit participating restaurants any time during regular business hours. Be sure to thank them for their support of Farm to School!
Do I need a ticket? No, just eat out or get carry-out at any participating restaurants on October 19 and part of the proceeds will support REAP's Farm to School program!
Can I bring my children? Farm to School Night Out is a great opportunity to take the family out to eat at a local restaurant that supports Farm to School efforts in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Visit participating restaurants websites to view their menus and see what children's offerings they have available.
How do I share or promote this event to friends? We have created a Facebook page promoting Farm to School Night Out and the participating restaurant partners. Please invite your friends and colleagues and help us make our first Farm to School Night Out a success!
Don't have time to dine out? Take out and eat in! When you place/pick up your order be sure to thank the restaurant for their support of Farm to School!
Will there be vegetarian options? Yes, depending on the restaurant. Check participating restaurants' websites for vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options.
How can I make an additional donation to REAP? Farm to School is only possible thanks to the generosity of the Madison community. If you are unable to participate in Farm to School Night Out, or if you would like to make an additional donation, make a gift on our Support REAP page or send a check to REAP Food Group, 306 E. Wilson Street #2W, Madison, WI 53703. Select participating Farm to School Night Out restaurants will have REAP representatives present to collect donations.