ALBANY – Forestville and Franklinville Central School Districts will both be receiving monetary awards as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Farm-to-School initiative as part of “No Students Go Hungry.”
According to the announcement from Cuomo’s office Wednesday, Forestville will receive $99,235 in funding, while Franklinville will receive $67,055. Eighteen projects and organizations will receive a combined total of $1.5 million as part of the initiative.
“New York is home to world-class agricultural products, and the Farm-to-School program connects these fresh, locally sourced ingredients to our students,” Cuomo said. “This record funding delivers on our promise to provide fresh, healthy meals to all New York students and spur economic growth for our farmers and growers in every corner of the State.”
The award funding will be used to hire Farm-to-School coordinators; train food service staff; provide nutrition education in classrooms and cafeterias; purchase equipment to support food preparation; and support the purchase of more local farm products, such as fruits and vegetables, nuts, and herbs, used in school lunches.
This is the fourth round of funding awarded to support farm-to-school programs in schools and educational organizations. Since the Governor launched New York’s Farm-to-School program in 2015, more than $3.5 million has been invested to support 43 farm-to-school projects benefiting 255 school districts across the state.