ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that $1.5 million is available for eligible school districts to support the growth of Farm-to-School programs across New York State.
Cuomo said the program helps Kindergarten through Grade 12 schools to increase the purchase of locally grown and produced food for school meals and provides increased economic benefits to New York’s farmers. The Farm-to-School Program is a key component of the Governor’s No Student Goes Hungry initiative, which will begin providing added reimbursements under the 30 percent New York State initiative this school year.
“We know that serving our children healthy, local meals means they are better, more productive students and that they are more likely to continue eating healthier foods as they get older,” Cuomo said. “Programs like Farm-to-School and our No Student Goes Hungry initiative are making a difference in not only providing nutritious food choices to our students but also helping to support our farmers. I look forward to seeing this momentum continue in even more districts across the state.”
Cuomo said applications are open now through November 7th. For more details on the grant, click here.