During the first round of the USDA Farm to School grant program, hundreds of applicants across the country competed for a limited amount of funding.
In this webinar, USDA Farm to School personnel, FNS child nutrition program staff, a food service director from Valley City Public Schools, North Dakota, and a farm to school coordinator from Denver Public Schools address the new meal pattern in general and inclusion of local and regional products in specific.
The Healthy Hunger‐Free Kids Act of 2010 authorized and funded USDA to establish a farm to school program in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. USDA is pleased to announce the first class of grantees.
In order to ensure compliance with statutory requirements, USDA requires additional information regarding the targeted beneficiaries of the Farm to School Grant Program. All grants applicants must complete an additional form, the Supplemental Form: Free and Reduced Price Meal Participation. You can access the form online and on grants.gov.
On June 4, 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed the National School Lunch Act (NSLA), which permanently authorized the National School Lunch Program. The legislation was passed in response to concerns that “many American men had been rejected for World War II military service because of diet-related health problems.” Its purpose was to provide a market for agricultural production and to improve the health and well-being of the nation’s youth.