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Department of Agriculture giving $500,000 grant to help with childhood nutrition and education

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pa. Department of Agriculture introduced they’ve authorized about $500,000 in Farm to School Grants to fund tasks enhancing entry to wholesome and native meals and rising studying for teenagers in pre-k by fifth grade.

“Agriculture and nutrition are essential elements for children to learn, grow and succeed,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding stated. “Farm to School increases healthy, local food offerings in schools while supporting Pennsylvania farmers. It also facilitates experiential learning opportunities that are growing future generations of agriculturalists and consumers. Investing in Farm to School is investing in the future.”

This grant hopes to enrich the connection between the group and recent produce and their producers by altering buying and studying practices at faculties. Any college district, constitution college or non-public college with pre-k, kindergarten or elementary degree grades had been eligible.

They authorized 47 tasks figuring out native farmers who’ll provide recent, in-season merchandise to help programming or have plans to begin a college backyard. In addition, the scholars will acquire useful education expertise with numerous hands-on tasks.

The following Midstate faculties will obtain some of these grants:

  • Gettysburg Area School District, Adams County
    • Franklin, James Getty and Lincoln Elementary, and Vida Charter School
    • Each will get $13,250
  • Saint Patrick School, Cumberland County ($5,240)
  • Steelton Highspire School District ($15,000)
  • Cocalico Area School District, Lancaster County ($1,000)
  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (13,942.58)
  • West Perry School District ($8,800)
  • To view extra in regards to the winners and the tasks their grants will fund, click on right here

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“The Farm to School grant program is a win-win, providing students with nutritious meals while creating new opportunities for Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry to thrive,” Secretary of Education Dr. Noe Ortega stated. “Ensuring that learners can access healthy food will improve educational outcomes and social-emotional experiences all across the commonwealth.”

The Pa. Farm Bill was signed by Gov. Wolf as an funding to Pa. agriculture to develop alternatives and sources, take away limitations and encourage future generations.