USDA announces new spending towards healthy school meals

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack was at a Virginia elementary school this week to announce new spending for nutritious school meals.

USDA will accept applications for the next round of USDA Farm to School Grants, which helps serve children more fresh and local foods.

He also announced a new partnership between USDA and the Urban School Food Alliance, which will help address challenges in school food procurements. It is all part of the Healthy Meals Initiative.

“It really was designed to provide resources to entities that in turn would work with school districts to really figure out what are the best practices, folks who’ve been working to develop the menus and to embrace new menus come from a background of chefs and food experts. That’s why we provided resources to the chef and foundation and to Boise State University, asking them, in turn, to provide grants to other organizations that will help us identify best practices across the country in order to embrace, advance, and accelerate this food system transformation. They’re now in a position to open up applications for those grant resources.”

USDA will be accepting applications now through January 12th.

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