- Associated Press - Monday, December 28, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Six farm-to-school programs across New York state have been awarded funding to help increase the use of healthy, locally grown foods on school menus.

The programs serve the Buffalo School District; Cooperative Extension in Schoharie and Otsego Counties; Rensselaer County schools; Saranac Lake schools; Seneca County Cooperative Extension; and Broome-Delaware-Tioga BOCES.

The farm-to-school program seeks to develop and strengthen connections between farms and schools to help grow the agricultural economy and increase the amount and variety of specialty crops procured by schools for healthier meal options.

Funding is used to train school staff in food preparation and procurement, conduct outreach to producers, educate students, and purchase equipment for food transport, storage and preparation.

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