Serving locally grown food is a big trend in school cafeterias, but it can seem out-of-reach for some food-service programs, particularly those in small, rural schools.
To ease the path for those schools, and to encourage innovations that others can adopt, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School program awards planning and implementation grants to allow educators to explore school garden projects, lesson plans about nutrition and agriculture, and new food distribution models. The agency’s Farm to School Census, released earlier this year, found that districts that participated in the program in 2011-12 served over $385 million in local food that year, and a majority of those schools planned to increase their purchases of local food in the future.
December 4, 2014 4:06 PM
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