The Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, Neb. has been
selected to receive a federal grant aimed at connecting school cafeterias and
local farmers and ranchers.
The Center for Rural Affairs received nearly $100,000 from
the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm to School Program.
and urban communities across the country, farm to school is teaching students
where food comes from and how it gets to their plate, and encouraging them to
make healthier food choices in the cafeteria and at home," said Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Farm to school programs are an investment in the health
of our nation's children and in the vibrancy of rural economies."
The Center for Rural Affairs will use the program to provide
training and technical assistance to both farmers and food service personnel on
how to start a Farm to School program.
The center will work with farmers and 10 local schools to
get the program up and running. Trainings will be offered for farmers and food
service personnel on farm food safety and usage.
The program hopes to reach beyond those 10 schools in the
second year by inviting people from around the state to hear how the program is