• Local Economies

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. The program enables school districts in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to purchase New York State grown and minimally processed food items to serve in K-12 public school meals. 

During the past three years of the Drive for 25 Farm-to-School Grant (funded by New York State), ANCA has connected the dots in our regional food value chain to help schools source over 450,000 pounds of 47 local products from 26 farmers, four distributors, and two food hubs, generating over $700,000 in regional economic impact from local food purchases.


Looking for ideas to develop or enhance your school's Farm to School program? Check out this growing list of meal and snack recipes, product procurement resources and complimentary funding opportunities for schools.

Frequently asked questions and resources for farmers and producers: Can schools afford local products? Do schools need to have large amounts or full quantities and what if I don’t have enough? Do schools need to have consistent product all year? 

Check out this informational map of participating schools as well as producers and vendors who are active or interested in supplying farm to school products. 

Browse a growing list of local, statewide, regional and national resources for Farm to School programs. These resources include curriculum tools, program reports and grant opportunities. 

Collaborating with innovative, experienced partners is essential to ANCA’s ability to implement high-impact projects across our region. These organizations are key partners for this project and help deliver tangible benefit to our communities.