IDEA Public Schools awarded $42,000 Farm to School grant
Rio Grande Valley, TX — IDEA Public Schools, a nationally recognized network of K-12 public schools, has been awarded $42,000 Farm to School planning grant by the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service to enhance IDEA’s farm program. IDEA is the only school district in Texas to receive this distinction and one of 71 across the nation.
Over the next year IDEA will receive funds to continue its efforts planning and thinking critically about how to utilize campus-based farms to educate students and offer nutritious food options to students. This grant will also support IDEA’s efforts to connect its cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers.
USDA Farm to School grants help schools respond to the growing demand for locally sourced foods and increase market opportunities for producers and food businesses, including food processors, manufacturers, and distributors. Grants will also be used to support agriculture and nutrition education efforts such as school gardens, field trips to local farms, and cooking classes.
USDA is focused on improving childhood nutrition and empowering families to make healthier food choices by providing science-based information and advice, while expanding the availability of healthy food. USDA's Farm to School Program is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which authorized USDA to provide grants and technical assistance to help schools gain better access to local foods. For a complete list of fiscal year 2014 Farm to School grant recipients, please see: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/FY_2014_Grant_Award_Summarie....
To learn more about the Farm to School program, click here. To learn more about IDEA Public Schools contact Vanessa Barry at 512-657-5461 or Vanessa.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ideapublicschools.org.