- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute plans to host several farm to school summits in the new year to help schools create healthier meals using local produce.

The summits are being made possible by grants of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The funds will help the institute build on the work of their Arkansas Grow Healthy Study by convening local farmers, child nutrition staff, city administrators, health professionals, education professionals and members of local communities.

The Arkansas Grow Healthy Study is a five-year farm to school feasibility pilot program, aimed at assessing and building capacity for farm to school in Arkansas. The study is culminating in a yearlong farm to school pilot during the 2014-2015 academic year.

The summits will be held in the fall of 2015.

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