USDA Grant Will Help Local Schools Offer Local Foods

The Indiana State Department of Health is a recipient of the USDA’s Farm to School Program grant to assist officials in connecting schools with local food producers.

This $100,000 grant will help the ISDH to conduct strategic planning to expand and better support the Indiana Farm to School Network efforts and assess school food service infrastructure and readiness to incorporate local products into school meal programs. Scholarships will also be made available for small farmers and school food service staff members to attend trainings that provide skills and information that support farm to school.

The 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. Agriculture and nutrition education efforts will also be support with this grant money.

This is all in an effort to improve childhood nutrition and to assist families in making healthier choices.