Wisconsin Farm to School Program Growing
Support for farm to school programs in Wisconsin is growing and more access to locally produced foods is just one of several benefits that comes with the expansion of new AmeriCorps farm to school host sites in three more counties. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture has added three new sites to the list of partners serving the state.
The new sites include the Beloit School District serving Rock County, 16th Street Community Health Centers serving Milwaukee County, and Northeast Wisconsin Area Heath Education Center serving Manitowoc County.
In all, there are now 16 sites that will serve more than 40 school districts in Wisconsin. In addition to the new locations, three of the current sites will be able to add another AmeriCorps member to their farm to school program.
Funding for this expansion comes through a grant provided Serve Wisconsin through the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Farm to School programming promotes healthy eating habits for students in grades K-12 and works to increase access to local foods in schools.