The Farm to School Act of 2017 to improve access to local foods at schools
New legislation would boost a program that connects students in more than 14-hundred Hoosier schools to local farmers. The Farm to School Act of 2017 would expand the existing U-S-D-A Farm to School Grant Program by improving access to local foods at schools. Maximilian Merrill with the National Farm to School Network explains it’s a win-win: Farmers source their food to schools and students learn about agriculture. The bill asks for funding to be increased annually for the program from five to 15 million dollars to better meet demand for the program. The Indiana Farm to School Network was created in 2012 as a collaboration of Hoosiers dedicated to connecting family farms and schools through education, local food purchasing, and outreach.
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