The PA Farm to School grant program offered through the PA Department of Agriculture aims to enrich the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local producers by changing food purchasing behaviors and education practices at schools and early childhood education sites.
Up to $15,000 is available to school districts, charter schools, or private schools with pre-kindergarten classes, and elementary through fifth grade. Requirements and limitation information is available on the PA Dept. of Agriculture website.
Specifically, the grant program provides schools with funding to improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agriculture education opportunities for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
The goal is to bridge the gap between children and the food system by showing them that fresh, healthy food is available from Pennsylvania agricultural producers in their own community and the surrounding areas.
In addition to funding the procurement of locally grown foods in school cafeterias, grant projects can include staff training initiatives, the development of nutritional and agriculture education, and even field trips to farms or other experiences that connect kids with food sources.
Eligible organizations have until January 15 to apply.