SC Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Farm to School Grant

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture has recently been awarded a Farm to School Grant through the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Here to tell us more about the program is SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers.

• The Trump Administration has awarded $12.1 million in Farm to School Grants to 159 grantees.

• These awards, administered by USDA will help bring fresh, local foods into schools and foster economic opportunity for America’s farmers over the next school year.

• SCDA’s Farm to School Program seeks to work with schools, distributors, food service staff and growers to expand the amount of Certified SC Grown product in school cafeterias.

• With the help of this grant, the program will: o Provide Good agricultural Practices and food safety trainings to growers to help expand their markets to reach more schools in South Carolina.

  •  Work with experts in the field to provide procurement trainings for all school food service staff.
  • Provide educational trainings for school food service staff on the preparation of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Provide agricultural education for students through a partnership with SC Ag in the Classroom.

• We all know that COVID has impacted and will continue to impact school systems across the country.

• As we continue to monitor the virus, some aspects of the program may be changed to accommodate social distancing or even become virtual.

• We are excited to have received this grant and look forward to the impact the Farm to School program will have on students and agriculture in South Carolina.

• For more information, please contact LauraKate McAllister at 803-734-2224.