$1.5 million is available for eligible school districts to support the growth of Farm-to-School programs across New York State. The program helps Kindergarten through Grade 12 schools connect with local farmers, increase the use of locally grown food on school menus, and improve student health, while providing increased economic benefits to New York’s farmers. The announcement comes during National Farm-to-School Month, which celebrates food education and school meals filled with healthy, local ingredients.
Please note that the RFP has been updated as of November 15, 2021.
All applicants to Round 6 of the Farm-to-School Program must register and apply through Grants Gateway. Proposals must be received by December 30, 2021 at 4:00 pm.
Applicants eligible for Round 6 of the Farm-to-School program include Kindergarten through Grade 12 school food authorities, public schools, charter schools, not-for-profit schools, and other entities participating in the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, or the Summer Food Service Program. Not-for-profit entities working with school food authorities and eligible schools are also able to apply, and projects that partner with producers and food processors are encouraged. The State is seeking proposals that will increase the capacity of schools to procure and serve New York State farm products in school meal programs.