Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Greeley Schools Establishing Food Hub with USDA Grant

The Greeley-Evans School District 6 Nutrition Services department has been awarded an $83,800 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its Farm-To-School food hub project.

The food hub program will allow District 6 to purchase more local foods in-season, minimally process the produce and incorporate these items on its menus all year long.  Additionally, District 6 will have the ability to then sell the product to other surrounding school districts.

Smaller districts don’t always have the buying power and equipment to make a farm-to-school program viable. This will assist those districts as well as local producers, creating a regional farm-to-school program.

“This grant funding strengthens our continued efforts to utilize the bounty of fresh produce available in Weld County and northern Colorado and supports our vision of ‘Fueling the Future’ of all district students with healthy, flavorful meals prepared from scratch with fresh, local ingredients,” said Jeremy West, director of Nutrition Services for District 6.

District 6 has had a farm-to-school program in place for more than four years, and the program has steadily expanded to include more and varied crops. It goes hand-in-hand with the district’s efforts to provide more healthy meals to students.

For more information on Farm to School Task Force activities, go to coloradofarmtoschool.org or contact Susan Motika at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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