Columbia, S.C. – A $100,000 grant is coming to South Carolina to expand the successful Farm to School Program. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) awarded the grant to the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA).
SCDA is responsible for administering grants to schools and school districts across the state participating in the Farm to School program. Participating schools must implement four components to qualify. Those include serving at least two Certified South Carolina Grown produce items each month in the school cafeteria, integrating nutrition and agriculture education activities, and establishing school vegetable gardens.
Right now the SC Farm to School program is operating in more than 40 different schools and child care centers.
“The Farm to School program is really benefitting South Carolina school students and our farmers and growers. Farm to School increases access to healthier foods and creates new market opportunities across the state. This $100,000 grant will allow us to expand the reach to additional schools and explore the use of more year-round South Carolina farm products,” said South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers.
The new grant will allow SCDA to help farmers and distributors supply locally grown produce to schools in an additional eight school districts. South Carolina’s Farm to School program is in its second year. The program began as a partnership between the SCDA, South Carolina Department of Education, Clemson University and DHEC.
For more information on Farm to School or participating schools, please contact Beth Crocker with the SCDA at 803-734-2193 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story courtesy of SCDA.