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Ken-Ton Receives Grant Through Farm-To-School Program

On July 19th, we learned that the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District is one of 16 programs across New York State to receive funding through the Farm-to-School program. The program helps schools connect with area farmers, use locally grown foods on their school menus, and give students healthy lunch options.

 “The projects awarded today will help to ensure that our students have access to fresh, healthy foods, increase students’ understanding of where their meals come from, and benefit our local agricultural economies statewide,” said Richard Ball, New York State’s Agricultural Commissioner. “I’m excited to see these projects come to fruition and look forward to continued connections between New York’s schools and farmers moving forward.”

The funding will help Ken-Ton increase the volume of New York-grown products by 30% over the next two school years, and will further educate its students on health and nutrition. The educational component will expand beyond the cafeteria.

“With this grant, we’re able to reach into the classrooms and have more education around the locally grown produce,” said Kim Roll, Food Service Director. “Before, we were just putting the food on the serving line. Now we have the opportunity to make this an immersive educational journey.”

Each month, the school’s Food Service Department will be featuring a “Harvest of the Month” that will be incorporated into its lunch menus. They also plan on offering hands-on learning activities like food tastings, take-home harvest boxes, cooking kits, and field trips.