Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program
The Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program provides grants to develop and expand existing farm to school initiatives and other food and agriculture experiential learning initiatives within a distinct service area with the overall goal of increasing access to school meals for low-income children while also improving food quality.
Activities may include:
- Expanding farm to school programs beyond lunch to bring local or regional products into the school breakfast program
- Operating service projects that support farm to school initiatives in schools
- Providing training and technical support for both agricultural producers and schools
- Strategic planning
- Establishing new or strengthening existing community partnerships
- Encouraging increased consumption of fruits and vegetables through promotional activities, taste tests, and other activities
- Expanding experiential or agriculture-based learning opportunities, such as the creation of school gardens, support to ag/food clubs, or increased exposure to on-farm activities
- Developing and evaluating integrated curriculum to reinforce food and nutrition-based learning throughout the school environment
Preference will be given to applicants that:
- Demonstrate a proven track record in carrying out grant-related activities
- Work in underserved rural and urban communities
- Teach and engage children in experiential learning about agriculture, gardening, nutrition, cooking, and where food comes from
- Facilitate a connection between elementary schools and secondary schools and agricultural producers in the local and regional area
Eligible applicants include:
- State agricultural experiment stations
- Colleges and universities
- University research foundations
- Other research institutions and organizations
- Federal agencies
- National laboratories
- Private organizations, foundations, and corporations
- Any group consisting of 2 or more entities listed above
Award ceiling: $225,000
Project period: Up to 2 years
Estimated total program funding: $960,000
Awardees must provide 1:1 matching funds, in-kind contributions, or a combination of both.
Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through grants.gov.
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