What’s Cooking at FoodCorps
As frost creeps into many parts of the country, our service members are planting garlic; covering crops with tunnels and cold frames; and getting creative with indoor activities to keep their students engaged all winter long.
So far this year, they have already engaged nearly 33,000 kids in classroom, garden and kitchen activities, come rain or come shine! We’re really proud of the impact our service members are having in their communities, but we’re also excited that the communities we serve have an impact on our service members as well.
Rainbow salad, clean plates and hoophouse growing! Kids in Michigan got to have fun with all three of those last month when service members Daniel and Kirsten assisted schools in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim and Benzie counties to celebrate National Farm to School Month. Click here to read more on the Michigan Land Use Institute blog.
USDA awards Farm to School grants to FoodCorps sites
On November 14th the USDA demonstrated its support of Farm to School by announcing 4.5 million dollars in grants for eligible schools to increase local products on their cafeteria trays. This is great news for the nearly 2 million students who will get to eat local carrots in their school lunches, grow beets in their school gardens, and visit local farms, all made possible by these grants. We are especially excited that FoodCorps partners like the Fayetteville Public School District #1 and New Mexico’s Farm to Table are on the grantee list. Click here to read more about these grants.