NYC Schools Get $1.5 Million To Implement Healthy Eating Programs
Governor Andrew Cuomo, jumps ahead in efforts to support healthy kids by implementing healthy eating programs.
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The new program, which will provide an economic boost to vegetable farmers and further stabilize the ‘No Student Goes Hungry’ initiative, will see $1.5 million awarded to eligible schools in New York State in the upcoming school year.
The healthy eating programs will be implemented from kindergarten through grade 12, and not only will help children have more access to fresh fruits and vegetables, but also educate them on where their food comes from, and agricultural practices of how food is grown.
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“The Farm-to-School program is a win-win that brings fresh, local produce to children in our schools and spurs growth for farmers across this great state,” Governor Cuomo said. “By committing an additional $1.5 million to this initiative, we can increase the number of schools serving locally-sourced meals to students and continue our support for New York’s agricultural industry.”
Record breaking funding for healthy eating programs in schools
“The nutrition children receive at school is an important part of their overall health and growth,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “With this innovative program we are ensuring that children across New York have access to locally grown fruits and vegetables. New York is home to world-class farm products, and the Farm-to-School program delivers results for kids in school and farmers in every region of our state.”
The current funding, which is the fourth round of applications the state will see, is available to public, charter, not-for-profit and other schools who already participate in the National School Lunch Program and Summer Food Service Program for students. Here’s hoping more schools implement healthy eating programs.
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