Increasing children’s access to healthy foods means getting locally grown vegetables in school cafeterias. The USDA is creating $5 million in grants that will connect cafeterias with local farmers, increasing access to locally grown foods.
Three million children across the USA and US Virgin Islands will be affected.
“USDA is proud to support communities across the country as they plan and implement innovative farm to school projects,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a press release. “These inspiring collaborations provide students with healthy, fresh food, while supporting healthy local economies. Through farm to school projects, community partners are coming together to ensure a bright future for students, and for local farmers and ranchers.”
Other projects will start or continue efforts to encourage healthy eating habits among school children. These include the modification of a school bus in Georgia so that it serves as a farm bus and rolling classroom. And in Delaware, students are growing and processing foods, and creating new menus