BPS to Host Press Conference to Announce Award of $45,000 Farm-to-School Planning Grant

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The Buffalo Public Schools to Host Press Conference to Announce Award of $45,000 Farm-to-School Planning Grant

USDA grant to increase local foods in school cafeterias

(February 23, 2015) — The Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) will host a press conference with students, policymakers (including U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins and BPS Board Member Jay McCarthy), and others, to announce that they are one of 82 projects spanning 42 states and the Virgin Islands receiving support this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program, an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers.  The Buffalo school district received the $45,000 planning grant to impact 34,000 students in over 50 schools.

The press conference will be held on Monday, February 23, 2015 at Public School #32 Montessori School, 342 Clinton St., Buffalo 14204, from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM.  Local policymakers, Buffalo Public Schools Food Service Director, BPS Board Members, student leaders, and community partners will be in attendance.

The press conference will take place in the cafeteria of PS #32 and a salad bar will be setup.  Elected officials and BPS leaders will address the students at 10:30 AM, then students and elected officials will go through the salad bar line and have an opportunity to eat together in the cafeteria.

Following the press conference, the general public is invited to come out and get involved in Buffalo’s Farm to School initiative at a Public Info Session on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:30PM.  The public info session will take place at PS #99 Stanley M. Makowski, Early Childhood Center, located at 1095 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208.  Students, parents, cafeteria managers, BPS Board Members, farmers, food processors, and all others are invited to attend.  A light dinner will be provided, first-come, first-serve.  Register online at http://bit.ly/1KoJiPe or get more information at: http://mass-ave.org/?p=2055

The Buffalo Public School Farm to School initiative brings healthy, local, and fresh food to schools in Buffalo. The initiative will:

  • Connect schools, farms, and community partners to improve student nutrition through agriculture, health, and nutrition education; and
  • Strengthen our economy by supporting local farmers and food producers.

Also involved in Buffalo’s Farm to School efforts are a dedicated team of community partners including: Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Erie, Massachusetts Avenue Project, and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

USDA is focused on improving childhood nutrition and empowering families to make healthier food choices by providing science-based information and advice, while expanding the availability of healthy food.  USDA’s Farm to School Program is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which authorized USDA to provide grants and technical assistance to help schools gain better access to local foods.  For a complete list of fiscal year 2015 Farm to School grant recipients, please see: http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/grantawards.

The Buffalo Public School Farm to School initiative brings healthy, local, and fresh food to schools in Buffalo. The initiative connects schools, farms, and community partners to improve student nutrition through agriculture, health, and nutrition education; and to strengthen our economy by supporting local farmers and food producers.

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Press Conference Visuals: Elected Officials, Buffalo School students, BPS Board Members, BPS staff, YAC student leaders, school cafeteria, salad bar

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Bridget O’Brien-Wood
Email: BWood2@buffaloschools.org
Office Phone: (716) 816-3688
Cell Phone: (716) 830-3010

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