Farm to School Grant Program is a unique grant for schools to get fresh produce into their cafeterias, as well as start school garden programs. Partnering with local farmers they purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to be served in schools. In addition to providing the fresh local produce, the grant also covers starting your schools very own garden program to teach kids about farming, food, and where it all comes from.
To qualify for this grant schools must already be part of the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program, and/or operate USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, Seamless Summer Option or Child and Adult Care Food Program. Typically, schools apply in either the winter or spring. If you are hoping to start your school garden this spring though, don’t wait too long to apply or you may have to wait until next school year to implement your garden program.
School garden programs offer so many benefits to students. Healthy food, getting outdoors, and learning about how food grows and develops are just a few of the great rewards they will benefit from. For more information on the advantages of a school garden program, please read Reap the Benefits of a School Garden Program This Spring.
To apply for this grant or to get more information, please visit them at sustainableagriculture.net.