HARRISBURG – Rep. Mike Puskaric (R-Allegheny/Washington) today announced that the West Jefferson Hills School District has been awarded a $9,000 Pennsylvania Farm to School Program grant from the Department of Agriculture.
The school district plans to use the funding for experiential learning with local beekeepers, indoor soil-based and soil-less gardens and a field trip to a local strawberry farm.
“This is an outstanding program that will improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agricultural awareness opportunities for children Pre-K through fifth grade,” said Puskaric. “In addition, it increases agriculture education programing and provides an opportunity for students to apply their learning to their everyday life."
The Pennsylvania Farm to School Grant program aims to bridge the gap between children and the food system by connecting them to the fresh, healthy food available from Pennsylvania agricultural producers in their community and the surrounding areas. Through changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early childhood education sites, children will become more aware and engaged with their local food system as well as empowered to leverage their own consumer influence to support Pennsylvania agriculture.
“It is very important for our kids in the 21st century to know where their food comes from,” said Puskaric. “It is an important way to help state, regional and local organizations as they initiate, expand and institutionalize farm to school efforts.”
Representative Mike Puskaric
39th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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