Charter Schools Among Winners of New 'Farm to School' Grants

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Posted: November 14, 2012

Charter schools are among the recipients of new U.S. Department of Agriculture grants to link school meal programs with local farms.

More than $4.5 million was awarded for 68 projects across the country, including $98,100 to City Seed, Inc., in New Haven, Connecticut, to implement a project that involves Common Ground Public Charter School; $44,800 to Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School of Laupahoehoe, Hawai’i, for project planning; and $44,998 to People for People Charter School of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for project planning, the agency announced November 14, 2012.

The first-ever Farm to School grants will help “increase market opportunities for producers and food businesses” and “support agriculture and nutrition education efforts such as school gardens, field trips to local farms, and cooking classes,” according to the announcement. The Food and Nutrition Service administers the grants.