Grant awarded to help school children eat local
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Students in Alachua County now have added support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to eat more locally produced foods in school meals.
The school district was awarded a grant of $45,000 to expand nutrition and wellness programs and to increase the amount of locally produced food served.
The school board says it will focus the additional resources on high-need elementary schools first.
As part of the increase in awareness, officials have proposed a coordinator be hired to facilitate outreach activities and develop a sufficient nutrition and wellness program for the county.
Alachua County was one of just two school systems in Florida to receive money from the Farm to School Planning Grant.
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