SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) awarded 22 competitive grants for food-based, agriculture-based and garden-based education activities totaling $982,000.
According to the ODE, the Farm to School and School Garden grants will provide more than 116,000 hours of farm to school educational programming. The funding was available to school districts, Educational Service Districts, nonprofit entities, commodity commissions or councils, watershed councils, and Tribal organizations across the state.
The grant program is the product of House Bill 2038—the Farm to School and School Garden Bill—passed by the Oregon State Legislature with unanimous support in 2017. Another portion of the grant is a non-competitive award of $3.5 million available to all Oregon school districts to assist in paying for costs incurred by the school district to purchase Oregon grown or processed food. The competitive educational grant is designed to work in harmony with the non-competitive portion to have a greater impact on healthy choices and habits for Oregon students, according to the ODE.
This is a continuation of previous grants passed by the Oregon State Legislature. The most recent version of this grant awarded $4.5 million to 141 schools and 15 organizations.
Highlights of each grant awardee can be found by clicking here.