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Drive for 25 Farm to School Grant

The Drive for 25 Farm to School Grant works with schools, communities, and farmers to build healthy Farm to School Programs with strong local food procurement in cafeterias. ANCA is administering the first-year pilot project in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. Demonstrated success during this first year will be used to continue developing Farm to School programs in the North Country and beyond.

The Drive for 25 Farm to School grant is in a first year pilot phase to establish how this type of program would work as a broader initiative in the state. The 2016-17 program enables school districts in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to purchase New York State grown and processed food items to serve in k-12 public school meals.

2016-17 Drive for 25 Farm to School Grant Summary

Map of Participating Schools and Interested Farms

Program Report and Impact for March thru December 2016

Program Statistics as of December 2016:

    - Number of school districts participating in the program…………..………..16

    - Number of students getting local food in school………………….………...Over 12,000

    - Number of local farmers selling products directly to schools…….………..15

    - Dollars spent on local foods………………………………………....………..$58,000

    - Estimated local economic impact so far……………………………………..Nearly $210,000

    - Pounds of local food purchased by schools………………………………...Over 40,000

    - Number of different local food products served to students……………….43

    - Percentage of low-income students with access to local food...………….57%


OTHER FARM TO SCHOOL SUPPORT PROGRAMS

LOCAL

Farm to School Programs available in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties from Cornell Cooperative Extension

Adirondack Farm to School Initiative

Rural Skills Building & Local Food For Local Folks- Local Living Venture 

STATEWIDE

NYS Harvest of the Month Toolkit

School Garden Grants- New York Agriculture in the Classroom

REGIONAL

New England Farm to College Report

NATIONAL

Chef Ann Foundation

The Lunchbox

School Garden Grants- Anne's

Education Grants- Lowe's

USDA Standardized Recipes

United Fresh Start Foundation Community Grants- up to $2,500, applications due April 20, 2017

Seeds of Change Garden Grants- up to $25,000, applications due March 28, 2017 

OTHER

VT FEED Resources

Michigan 10 Cents a Meal Report- 2017


Project Partners

 

For more information, contact:

Joshua Bakelaar, Local Economies and Agriculture Director
jbakelaar@adirondack.org
518-891-6200