Missouri Farm to School Program
The Missouri Farm to School Program began in November 2015, with the passing of Senate Bill No. 701, “to connect Missouri farmers and schools in order to provide schools with locally grown agricultural products for inclusion in school meals and snacks and to strengthen local farming economies.”
Farm to School programs are happening across Missouri and range from serving up locally grown fruit, vegetable or other food products in each meal to simply highlighting a local product as it is served. Large and small, each program has value and supports the health and well-being of students and teachers, as well as the livelihood of Missouri family farmers.
Missouri Value-Added “Farm to School” Grant Program
The Missouri Value-Added “Farm to School” Grant Program provides funding for Missouri businesses to access resources for accessing and processing locally grown agricultural products for use in schools within the state. Grant applications will be considered from small businesses for resources including, but not limited to:
- Washing equipment,
- Bagging equipment,
- Packing equipment,
- Professional services for Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices (GAP/GHP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Analysis (HACCP) plan development.
Learn more about the Missouri Value-Added “Farm to School Grant Program here: