Crouch Encourages Schools to Apply For Farm-To-School Programs

August 13, 2018

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) announced today that $1.5 million in funding is still available to eligible school districts to support growth of Farm-to-School programs across New York before the coming school year. The program aims to help schools increase the amount of locally grown produce on school menus, improve the health of enrolled students and educate students about agriculture.

Eligible applicants include kindergarten through grade 12 school food authorities, public schools, charter schools, not-for-profit schools and other entities that participate in the National School Lunch, Breakfast and Summer Food Service Programs.

Funding of up to $100,000 per project will be awarded. Eligible projects include employing a local or regional Farm-to-School coordinator, training programs for food service staff to increase knowledge of local preparation of locally produced food, purchase of equipment needed to increase capacity of school kitchens and food service staff to prepare and serve locally produced food, and capital improvements to support the transport and storage of locally produced food.

“This is a wonderful program that benefits both the community and our local farmers,” said Crouch. “Not only does this encourage our schools to purchase locally grown produce, boosting our local farmers and farming communities, but also encourages schools to provide healthy and fresh produce to our students, as well as educating students about the production and the importance of agriculture to our state and local economies. I strongly encourage all eligible schools and entities to take advantage of this funding before school is back in session next month.”

All applicants must register and apply through the Grants Gateway. Proposals must be submitted by Oct. 1, 2018 by 4 p.m. For more information, contact William Shattuck at William.McMullen@agriculture.ny.gov. More information on the Farm-to-School Grant Program can be found here.