Over 2.8 million students in 6,000 schools nationwide will enjoy nutritious, local foods through USDA Farm to School Program grants totaling $5.2 million, the agency reported. Provided by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the grants are designed to create new economic opportunities for farmers and to connect children with those who produce their food. Brandon Lipps, acting deputy undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer services at USDA, said the grants “expose students to the local foods and the importance of agriculture, while supporting American farmers.”  The awards, financing 73 project across 43 states, bring the total Farm-to-School Grants since the program's inception in 2013 to over $25 million for some 350 projects. The grants are competitively available to eligible schools, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers and non-profit entities.

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