The USDA is investing $12 million in Farm to School Grants this year. A total of 176 programs were given funds nationwide. When it comes to Farm to School Grants in the Northwest:


  • $62,000 will go to Central District Health


  • Nearly $100,000 to the Bethel School District in Eugene
  • $80,000 to the Lincoln County School District
  • $99,000 to the Tigard-Tualatin School District
  • $93,000 to Lane County


  • Nearly $17,000 to the Child Car Action Council of Thurston County
  • Nearly $92,000 to the Foundation of District 304 in Sedro Woolley
  • $96,000 to the Port Townsend School District
  • $98,000 to the Snohomish Conservation District
  • $47,000 to the Tilth Alliance of Seattle

The department also released new data demonstrating the recent growth of farm-to-school efforts nationwide. Nearly two-thirds of school districts and/or local entities responsible for school meals participated in farm-to-school activities during school year 2018-2019, more than half of which began within the past three years. In school year 2018-2019, school districts purchased nearly $1.3 billion in local fruits, vegetables, and other foods, totaling approximately 20% of all school food purchases.

This year's Farm to School Grants will help expand the access to fresh, local foods and hands-on agricultural learning for children.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack states, "Not only will this give children more nutritious food options in school, it supports local agriculture economies.”

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