Farm to School Purchasing Grant Brings Local Food to Washington Schools

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced that it is investing more than $3.5 million to get locally-grown food on school lunch trays across the state this coming school year. The Washington State Legislature provided funds to expand WSDA’s Farm to School program. The grant program is administered in partnership with Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The grants are available to school districts and childcare centers that have a USDA child nutrition program, tribal schools, and tribal early learning centers. These 83 grants will help facilities buy Washington-grown foods for their child nutrition programs. Grant awards range from $2,900 to more than $400,000, based on the number of meals served at the site.