ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Students heading back to school will have a chance to access more local food. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that a record $1.5 million is available to support the growth of Farm-to-School programs across the state. 

The program helps Kindergarten through Grade 12 schools increase the amount and variety of locally grown and produced food on school menus. It also aims to improve student health, and educate young people about agriculture. 

Grant funding is up to $100,000 per project. All applicants to the Farm-to-School Program must register and apply through Grants Gateway. Proposals must be received by October 1, 2018 by 4 p.m. For more information, contact: William Shattuck at William.McMullen@agriculture.ny.gov.