Over $98,000 Will Help More Than 20,900 Public School Students
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) today applauded a $98,100 Farm to School grant for CitySeed, Inc. to connect New Haven school cafeterias with local agricultural producers.
“Farmers’ markets like City Seed support the link between farmers in rural Connecticut and the families, children and seniors living in our city and suburban neighborhoods,” DeLauro said. “We have seen a real explosion in locally grown foods on Americans’ tables over the past several years and this grant will help ensure our schools can also support local producers. I commend CitySeed for their tireless work to make some of the best locally grown and produced foods available to students who may not otherwise have access to them.”
The grant will enable CitySeed, Inc. to hire a procurement specialist to help New Haven School Food Programs increase the amount of regionally grown produce in the meals of more than 20,900 urban public school students, nearly 80 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch.
Nicole Berube, Executive Director of CitySeed said, "We are thrilled that this Farm to School grant will build on all the terrific work that has been put into improving school food in New Haven and will support a collaborative effort between the school system, the city and partners to make significant growth in procuring CT grown produce for school children."
DeLauro, a senior member of the committee responsible for funding the Agriculture Department, is a longtime advocate for increased access to local and healthy foods in schools.
The first-ever USDA Farm to School grants will help schools respond to the growing demand for locally sourced foods and increase market opportunities for producers and food businesses, including food processors, manufacturers, distributors. Grants will also be used to support agriculture and nutrition education efforts such as school gardens, field trips to local farms, and cooking classes.