The USDA is taking steps to get local
produce into school lunches.
The organization approved grants to 71
organizations in 42 states in order to help get locally grown farm products
into school cafeterias.
In Lyons, Neb. the Center for Rural Affairs
has been approved for $99,600. The organization plans to help 10 pilot schools
set up farm-to-school programs and hold farm summits with the money.
In Decorah, Iowa the Food & Fitness
initiative will get a similar sum to expand their existing program to more
schools. They have a goal of increasing their local food purchase by 200
These projects across the U.S. will
serve more than 13,000 schools and bring locally grown food to 2.8 million