2018 Farm to School Grant

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) amended Section 18 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) 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. To fulfill the farm to school mandate in the HHFKA, $5 million is provided to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on an annual basis to support grants, technical assistance, and the Federal administrative costs related to USDA’s Farm to School Program. The Secretary of Agriculture will award competitive grants for: training; supporting operations; planning; purchasing equipment; developing school gardens; developing partnerships; and, implementing farm to school programs.

The Secretary of Agriculture will give the highest priority to funding projects that:

  • Make local food products available on the menu of the eligible school;
  • Serve a high proportion of children who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches;
  • Incorporate experiential nutrition education activities in curriculum planning that encourage the participation of school children in farm and garden-based activities;
  • Demonstrate collaboration between eligible schools, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, agricultural producer groups, and other community partners;
  • Include adequate and participatory evaluation plans;
  • Demonstrate the potential for long-term program sustainability.

Click here for more information, and see how your Club can partner with your school to make fresh and healthy food options available to your youth!

Amount: Applicants may apply for a Planning grant, Implementation grant, or Training grant. Planning and Training grant awards will range from $20,000-$50,000 and implementation grant awards will range from $50,000-$100,000.
Deadline: December 8, 2017

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Richardson, TX 75080

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