EDMONTON, Ky. (July 16, 2021) – For the second time in four years, the Metcalfe County School District has been selected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Nutrition Service (FNS) to receive a Farm to School Implementation Grant.
The district will receive $81,894 to improve access to local foods for students and families through comprehensive programming that includes local procurement and agricultural education efforts.
Farm to School Manager Lynn Hawkins says she is excited to the program grow. “It’s important for students to know where and how we get our food. It doesn’t magically show up at the grocery store,” Hawkins said. “We teach students the entire agricultural process from planting to harvest. Then they use the foods they grow to learn about cooking, recipes, and proper nutrition.”
Metcalfe County Schools was awarded its first Farm to School grant in 2017. Superintendent Josh Hurt said, “Our Farm to School program has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years. Each school now has its own greenhouse, and we added chicken coops at two schools. Most recently, one of our partners donated a heifer, so we built a fence around a pasture right on campus.”
Metcalfe County is one of only two programs in Kentucky, and one of 176 programs across the country, to be awarded a 2021 grant. The Farm to School grant program serves 6,800 schools and more than 1.4 million students nationwide.