ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Governor Cuomo announced that $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 to increase the purchase of locally grown and produced food for school meals and provides increased economic benefits to New York's farmers.

"As part of the fifth round of the Farm-to-School program, we are committed to providing local, healthy foods in schools across the state," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "This funding will bring more locally-sourced products into our schools and provide economic benefits to New York farmers -- a partnership that helps ensure their growth and success. This program is making sure our students have the best local food in New York, and advances the long-term success of our agriculture industry."

Grant funding of up to $100,000 per project will be awarded for, but not limited to:

  • Employing a local or regional farm-to-school coordinator
  • Training of food service staff to increase knowledge of local procurement and preparation of locally produced food
  • Purchase of equipment needed to increase capacity of school kitchen and food service staff to prepare and serve locally produced food
  • Capital improvements to support the transport and/or storage of locally produced food

All applicants to the Farm-to-School program must register and apply Grants Gateway Proposals must be received by November 7 by 4 p.m. For more information, contact Mark McMullen.