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October 01, 2015
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Grant Ensures 6.9 Million Kids Will Eat Healthier at School

"Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a new report that shows that USDA’s Farm to School Grant Program, established and funded through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, has helped 12,300 schools improve nutritious meal options made with local ingredients for 6.9 million students, while expanding market opportunities for family farmers and ranchers in their communities."-Grundy County Herald

Through this program the USDA has "awarded 221 grants" and "Forty percent of farm to school grants were awarded to rural schools or districts, and 38 percent of grants were distributed in StrikeForce states and territories to address challenges associated with rural poverty."

Throughout the nation, "40,300 schools have farm to school programs that impact 23.5 million children." Schools "participating in farm to school programs purchased and served over $385 million in local food in school year 2011-2012, with more than half of participating schools planning to increase their purchases of local food in the future."

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Grant Ensures 6.9 Million Kids Will Eat Healthier at School
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