Farm-to-School Initiatives Support Farmers and Students
The Department is committed to helping New Yorkers increase their access to fresh, local, healthy foods, and supporting new economic opportunities for farmers, through programs such as the Community Gardens program, the Council on Hunger and Food Policy, and the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.
Commissioner Ball harvests potatoes with a student as part of a Farm-to-School event.
Students eat lunch in a greenhouse after harvesting squash.
Students learn to grow and harvest their own potatoes.
A group of students prepares to harvest squash on a Farm-to-School class trip.
Students learn to grow and harvest their own pumpkins.
Statewide Initiatives Innovating Across New York State
The No Student Goes Hungry initiative aims to provide access to healthy, locally grown food for low income students.
Increasing Brooklyn residents' access to nutritious food through the Food Insecurity Screening Pilot Program and more.
A collaborative effort across the food supply chain that connects government entities, farmers, and food processors.
The New York Food Supply Working Group was created to define recommendations and make other observations relating to New York State’s food supply resiliency and self-reliance.
Made up of representatives from farming, food processing, food retail, academia, and more, the Working Group will develop a report on the state’s farm and food supply chain logistics to address market disruptions that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, food shortages, and food waste.
FMNP supports improved nutrition through education and promotion.
Some women and children up to the age of five are eligible for WIC FMNP coupons...
FreshConnect was designed to support SNAP consumers and local farmers.
SNAP recipients may use their benefits at a participating farmers’ market.
Veterans and service members may be eligible to receive FreshConnect Checks.