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01/15/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/15/2020 03:37

ODA is now accepting applications for the new Oregon Farm to School Equipment and Infrastructure Grant Program

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity to help Oregon producers and processors access the school marketplace. Application materials are now available at ODA's Farm to School webpage: http://oda.direct/F2S. The deadline to apply is March 9, 2020.

During the 2019 session, the Oregon Legislature passed an expanded Farm to School Grant Program that included an increase in funding from $4.5 million to $15 million. While the Oregon Department of Education is responsible for allocating most of the funds, ODA was given authority to oversee $500,000 in equipment and infrastructure grants for producers who intend to sell to schools.

The goal of this competitive grant program is to provide financial resources for Oregon farmers, ranchers, seafood harvesters and processors with specific equipment and infrastructure needs, and who intend to sell food produced or processed in Oregon to any of the following food sponsors:

  • A school district participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP);
  • A provider of center-based programs for children in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); and
  • An entity that provides meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Deadlines

  • Request for Applications opens January 13, 2020
  • Informational Webinar #1 January 21, 2020
  • Informational Webinar #2 February 5, 2020
  • Applications Due March 9, 2020
  • Awards Announced April 20, 2020

Farm to School is a program through which schools buy and feature locally produced, farm-fresh foods. Schools can also incorporate lessons on nutrition and provide learning opportunities such as farm visits and school gardens.

To review the grant details, information about webinars and to access the application, please go to ODA's Farm to School webpage: https://oda.direct/F2S

For additional information or questions, please contact Amy Gilroy, Farm to School Program Manager at: [email protected] or 503-709-5360.