At issue here seems to be process of composing a formal piece of writing using assembled notes in order to support the following thesis statement:
A new idea within the [National School Lunch] program, now gaining in popularity across the nation and in our state, is Farm to School.
For this exercise (as in any formal written piece of work), the writer needs to acquaint the reader with that which he or she is discussing. The other major editorial convention—in addition to the inclusion of a thesis statement at the essay's beginning—is that each paragraph should feature a self-contained idea and contain a topic with supporting sentences. Something like the following would work:
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced meals at little or no cost to children at both public and nonprofit schools and daycare facilities. The program was established under President Truman in 1946 and is adapting to serve the needs of a growing population living on a planet with greater agricultural needs as well as increased production capabilities. The enactment of a new Farm to School program, which encourages this food to be locally sourced and produced, highlights the adaptability of Truman's original program.
The Farm to School program (est. 2012) is sponsored by the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS, itself part of the Food and Nutrition Service), and has incorporated sustainable foods into the NSLP by networking with tribal communities to access local and traditional foods. The system works by means of a federal grant system that trains food service staff to prepare healthy meals and increases the nutritional quality of the meals. The program also sources the food locally. These grants were awarded largely to schools with a high poverty rate and those in rural areas.
According to a Farm to School Census study released in 2014, schools nationwide served $385,000 worth of food as part of the program. This progress represents the work of some 40,300 schools, which serve 23.5 million children. In addition to supplying food for and transforming the NSLP, the OCFS has also contributed to similarly progressive reforms in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program.