NY to award $1.5M to support farm-fresh food in schools
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has announced $1.5 million in grants to support farm-fresh food in schools around the state.
The funding announced on Wednesday will support 18 different farm-to-school initiatives that serve more than 420,000 students.
The money can be used to purchase locally produced fruits and vegetables and to hire and train coordinators to run the program.
The state has funded similar projects since 2015 and lawmakers doubled the funding in this year’s budget.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, says the money will help schools provide fresh, healthy food to growing students while at the same time supporting local farmers.