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Buffalo School District receives grant to increase use of locally grown foods

Buffalo Public Schools was chosen as one of six districts in the state to receive extra money to help increase the use of healthy, locally grown foods on school menus in prekindergarten through 12th grades.

The district won $43,260 for its New York State Harvest of the Month pilot project, which introduced certain foods based on the month’s local harvest, such as Brussels sprouts in November. The grant money will be used to build on a prior U.S. Department of Agriculture grant by employing a Farm to School coordinator to expand the work of the program.

Eleven schools will benefit from the program, according to Bridget O’Brien-Wood, the district’s food service director.

“We are very excited to be able to extend the Farm to School pilot program for our 11 schools through 2016,” said O’Brien-Wood. “This grant will provide our district and the Farm To School partners, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, Massachusetts Avenue Project and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus the opportunity to build capacity throughout the district for the popular New York State Harvest of the Month program.”