Locally grown food headed to several SC school districts

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and the SC Department of Education have partnered to provide locally grown food to students.
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Courtesy: SCDA

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)— The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and the SC Department of Education have partnered to provide locally grown food to students.

Foods and beverages will be purchased from local farmers and distributed to school districts for use in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

South Carolina distributor Senn Brothers will work to source from small local farms and supply the fresh food to students across several school districts.

The $3.1 million grant aims to strengthen the local food supply chain by working with small and historically underserved farmers, say officials.

In a release provided to ABC Columbia news, State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman says, “This partnership is truly a win-win for our agricultural industry and for our schools. Not only will it help students have access to fresh, locally grown foods and increase their understanding of where their food comes from, it will support local farms and communities. We’re excited about the many benefits we will see for years to come.”

The initiative is part of the Agriculture’s Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program.

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