TR Chosen to Receive Farm to School Grant
Twin Rivers' Nutrition Services Department is the recipient of a $44,990 Farm to School Program planning grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
TR is one of only two Sacramento school districts to receive the federal grant, designed to increase the amount of local foods served in schools.
"We are excited to receive the planning grant," says Nutrition Services Director Jill Van Dyke, "We will work with a wide variety of partners to provide more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables for our students. Our core partners include the Health Education Council, the Community Alliance with Family Farms, The Yisrael Family Farm, the Dairy Council of California, The Center for Good Food Purchasing, Slow Food Sacramento, the Sacramento Food Policy Council and members of the Whole Child School Wellness Committee."
TR will use the grant to build a planning team, establish goals, assess current procurement practices, seek input from students and raise awareness about the Farm to School Initiative.
According to the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census, schools with strong farm to school programs report higher school meal participation, reduced food waste, and increased willingness of students to try new foods, especially fruits and vegetables.