State budget includes more money for Farm to School program

Funding provides greater incentive for schools to participate, boosting farm sales

More money is included in the recently adopted state budget for a program designed to help farms and schools by getting more nutritious fresh foods to students’ lunch trays.

Reimbursements for schools purchasing 30 percent or more of their lunch food ingredients from locally grown or locally processed suppliers will increase from 6 cents a meal to 25 cents, part of a $10 million commitment promoting New York agriculture, according to Elizabeth Wolters, associate director of public policy with the New York Farm Bureau.

She said the idea is to encourage more schools to use more locally grown products.

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