More funding made available to support Farm-to-School programs across New York

MGN Online

Governor Cuomo announced that $1.5 million will be made available for eligible school districts to support the growth of Farm-to-School programs for the upcoming school year. The program aims to help Kindergarten through Grade 12 schools to increase the volume and variety of locally grown and produced food on school menus, improve student health, and educate young people about agriculture. The program also assists the agricultural economy, providing additional business to New York's farmers.

Applicants eligible for Round 4 of the Farm-to-School program include Kindergarten through Grade 12 school food authorities, public schools, charter schools, not-for-profit schools, and other entities participating in the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, or the Summer Food Service Program. Entities working with school food authorities and eligible schools are also eligible to apply. The state is seeking proposals that will increase the capacity of schools to procure and serve locally produced food items in school meal programs.

Grant funding of up to $100,000 per project will be awarded for projects such as:

  • Employing a local or regional farm to school coordinator;
  • Training programs for food service staff to increase knowledge of local procurement and preparation of locally produced food;
  • Purchase of equipment needed to increase capacity of school kitchen and food service staff to prepare and serve locally produced food; and
  • Capital improvements to support the transport and/or storage of locally produced food.

Since the Governor launched New York's Farm-to-School Program in 2015, $1,825,000 has been invested to support 25 Farm-to-School projects benefiting 164 school districts across the state.

All applicants to the Farm-to-School Program must register and apply through Grants Gateway. Proposals must be received by October 1, 2018 by 4 p.m.

For more information on the Farm-to-School Grant Program, click here.

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