USDA awards grants to school districts to integrate local food into cafeteria offerings

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

The United States Department of Agriculture recently announced they awarded 71 grants in 42 states to help the schools connect their cafeteria with local farmers. The grants are part of the “Farm to School”
program. In Pennsylvania, the School District of Philadelphia won one of the awards and will use the money to launch a pilot local food project, offering local blueberries to students at two schools. The second year, they will expand this to collard greens.

The idea of grants to help integrate local food into the cafeterias at U.S. schools is obviously good news for parents, students, and especially local farmers. Hopefully this program will expand and may someday include local food in our area schools.

To learn more about the program, please go here.

Tags: schools | localfood | USDA | grant |

{name} Author: Jamie Oberdick

Bio: Editor, Local Food Journey | Passionate about supporting local food in Central PA

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