Agriculture Deputy Sec. Kathleen Merrigan announces the release of a request for applications for the latest round of Farm to School Grants. These grants will be used to help eligible schools improve health and wellbeing of their students and connect with local agricultural producers.
"USDA's Farm to School Grants connect schools with their local farmers, ranchers and food businesses, improving the new economic opportunities to food produces and bringing healthy local offerings into school cafeterias," says Merrigan. "USDA continues to make improvements to the nutrition of food offered in schools, and investing in farm to school programs is yet another important opportunity to encourage our nation's kids to make lifelong healthy eating choices."
This year, three different kinds of grants will be available. Planning grants are intended for schools just getting started on farm to school activities, while implementation grants are available for schools seeking to augment or expand existing efforts. Additionally, eligible non-profit entities, Indian tribal organizations, state and local agencies, and ag producers or groups of producers may apply for support service grants in order to conduct trainings, create complementary curriculum, or further develop supply chains, among other activities.
Proposals are due at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, on Aug. 24.
To assist eligible entities in preparing proposals, USDA will host a series of webinars related to the application process:
March 5: Planning Grants
March 6: Implementation Grants
March 7: Support Service Grants
All sessions begin at 1 p.m., EST,
The Farm to School Grant program is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which authorized and funded USDA to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school projects that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. The Act provides $5 million annually to support grants, technical assistance and federal administrative costs related to the program.
For more information on the webinars and the program, go to Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food in the internet.