Miranda Capriotti, Outreach & Education Manager
Farm to School Coordinator, East End Farm to School Project
East End Food Institute has been awarded a grant from the USDA to focus efforts on increasing the variety and volume of local and regional food products included on school lunch menus. Two new partners (Westhampton and Riverhead School Districts) will join the East End Farm to School Project, which began as a coalition among Southampton, Bridgehampton, and Tuckahoe School Districts.
In 2019, Southampton Union Free School District was awarded a Farm to School grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, with East End Food Institute as a partner to coordinate the East End Farm to School Project meetings, evaluate procurement data and processes, and educate students about local food.
We are encouraged by these investments in expanding the variety and volume of local produce offered to local students, and thrilled to be part of forging pathways forward.
On an annual basis, USDA awards competitive Farm to School grants that support planning, developing, and implementing farm to school programs. USDA's Farm to School grants are an important way to help state, regional, and local organizations as they initiate, expand, and institutionalize farm to school efforts that promote healthy economies and healthy communities.
The New York State Farm-to-School Program was created to connect schools with local farms and food producers to strengthen local agriculture, improve student health, and promote regional food systems awareness. The Department provides financial assistance to New York State schools through New York State’s Farm-to-School program. It also provides technical and promotional assistance to schools, farms, distributors and other supporting organizations to bring more local, nutritious, seasonally-varied meals to New York students.
Grant To East End Food Institute Supports Farm To School Program
Southampton Press - August 24, 2021