New York Awards Funding for Farm to School Projects
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $1.5 million has been awarded to 16 projects to increase the use of New York farm products in schools and boost the agricultural economy, through Round 5 of the Farm-to-School program. The Farm-to-School program increases the volume and variety of locally grown and produced food in schools, provides new markets for New York’s farmers, improves student health, and educates young people about agriculture. The program also supports the expansion of the NY Thursdays Program, a school meal initiative that uses local, farm-fresh foods on Thursdays throughout the school year. The funding will be used to hire Farm-to-School coordinators; train food service staff; provide nutrition education in classrooms and cafeterias; purchase equipment to support food preparation; and support the purchase of more local farm products. Descriptions of funded programs are available online.