FCPS Wins USDA Grant to Establish Pilot Farm-to-School Program
The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Office of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has been named recipient of a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to create a pilot Farm-to-School strategic plan. The $50,000 grant will support the development of the plan with a goal of expanding it throughout the division to provide more students with fresh and locally-sourced food. FCPS’s grant is among $9 million in grants awarded by the USDA this year.
The FCPS Office of Food and Nutrition Services will create a comprehensive five-year Farm to School strategic plan that will reach all students and play an integral role in the educational experience of students for years to come. The plan will encompass vision and goals, procurement strategy, distribution and processing, staff training, and will be a collaborative effort between FNS, FCPS departments, community partners, agricultural producers, and supply chain entities.
FNS will also collaborate with Hollin Meadows Elementary School, a school with a 12-year proven commitment to successful outdoor garden spaces. This portion of the project will develop and pilot structures for greater synergy between classroom learning, growing spaces, and the school cafeteria that will eventually benefit all schools.
For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.