Last week, OSSE was awarded $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a Farm to School Support Service Grant. The Grant funding will be utilized to conduct a “Harvest of the Month” program in 15 schools in DC, provide hands-on education about the cafeteria’s local food items growth schedule and nutritional content, promote the “Harvest of the Month” program to school staff and students, and provide an annual citywide celebratory event during “Growing Healthy Schools Week.”
The USDA Farm to School Support Service Grant will be carried out in partnership with the DC Farm to School Network, American University, and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Agriculture; and managed by the Healthy Schools Act Initiatives Team of OSSE’s Wellness and Nutrition Services Division.
In addition, a 15 member Student Advisory Board will provide guidance to the Healthy Schools Act Initiatives Team in grant implementation to ensure that activities are appropriately tailored to the audience of school-aged children and teenagers. The Student Advisory Board may also assist in the design of promotional materials, the selection of recipes for “Harvest of the Month” events, and outreach to students to engage them in grant activities.
For more information about Farm to School programs, visit OSSE’s Farm to School page.