In 2021–22, seven school districts across New England (in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont), representing nearly 40,000 students, pledged to serve local seafood in their cafeterias. Local seafood procurement can be challenging for K-12 schools and this project helped connect schools to local seafood sources.
Over the course of the project, the schools served more than 11,000 pounds of local seafood, resulting in more than $55,000 in value to the local seafood economy. The amount of local seafood served increased by 80%. Of the students who tried local fish, 76% said they loved it.
Partner School Districts
We partnered with schools representing seven different school districts throughout New England.
Over 40,000 students enjoyed the health benefits of local seafood as a result of this project.
Pounds of Seafood Served
Local K-12 school cafeterias served over 10,000 lbs of Gulf of Maine seafood.
Seafood Economy Support
Our project generated $55,000 in sales back to the local seafood economy.
More Seafood in Schools
Over the course of the project, local seafood served in schools saw a staggering increase.
A Major Hit with Kids
More than three quarters of all students who tried local seafood in their schools loved it!
Sea to School Resource Hub
Our toolkit contains 50 seafood recipes designed for K-12 schools, plus education and engagement resources for foodservice staff, teachers, and others to develop sea to school programming and education.
This project is generously supported by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
A new project promises to increase the amount of local seafood served in K-12 public school cafeterias across New England.
Students in public schools across New England will soon have an opportunity to eat and learn about Gulf of Maine seafood.
Here are five simple steps you can take to support the people and businesses who work so hard to provide us with delicious local seafood.