Nebraska will be starting a new program to get local food in school cafeterias


The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) says they have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers.

They say they received more than $70,000 for the Farm to School grant program which aims to connect students with local farmers and ranchers.

“Increasing the amount of local foods in America’s schools is a win-win for everyone,” Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. “Our children benefit from the fresh, local food served in their meals at school, and local economies are nourished, as well, when schools buy the food they provide close to home.”

The Nebraska Department of Education will be expanding on Farm to School activities and programs including the “Nebraska Thursdays” program.

This program will bring schools together to serve a Nebraska-sourced meal in the cafeteria on the first Thursday of each month.

“Nebraska schools want to bring local foods to the school lunch tray. This project will promote Nebraska foods and create a pathway for these foods to be available on school menus, providing resources and materials for schools to take a step forward into purchasing, processing, and promoting local foods in schools,” says NDE Farm to School Coordinator Sarah Smith.

The project will start with six pilot schools in the first year and will be promoted statewide by the second year.

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