The Farm to Institution Center
The Farm to Institution Center is a division of Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP). Established in 1995, CHIP has been a leader in innovative, collaborative solutions to address critical community health issues in the San Diego region.
CHIP brings together diverse partners to assess community health needs, educate, and advocate to create policy, systems and environmental change which reduce health disparities. CHIP provides backbone support to plan, coordinate, and support collaborative initiatives to solve our most complex health problems.
CHIP signature programs and initiatives include the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, Suicide Prevention Council, Resident Leadership Academy, Lemon Grove HEAL Zone, REACH Chula Vista, Independent Living Association, Farm to School Taskforce, Nutrition in Healthcare Leadership Team, Farm to Institution Council, and Health Literacy San Diego.
The Center’s Mission
The Farm to Institution Center has a two-fold mission:
To improve community health by improving access and consumption of healthy foods
To support farmers in creation of a vibrant, diverse, and growing local agricultural scene.
The Center works to create this healthy and sustainable local food system, focusing primarily on the connection between local farm and institution as a pathway of good food into the community.
The 2016-17 State of Farm to School in San Diego County report released by Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP)’s Farm to Institution Center, provides a comprehensive assessment of school food procurement and farm to school activities in San Diego County. The report demonstrates that in the 2016-2017 school year, San Diego County districts spent $19.1M on local and regional foods, up from $17.7M in the previous year. Additionally, 481 salad bars and 228 school gardens were reported across the county. Read it here.
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