WASHINGTON – The Small Farm to School Act, proposed by Congressman Antonio Delgado (D, NY-19) would incentivize partnerships between small farms and local schools.
The measure would create an eight-state program where local public schools would be reimbursed at a higher rate for sourcing school lunches from small farmers under the National School Lunch Program.
“The bill would be a win-win as it provides nutritional food and healthier food in our schools and also enable our local producers to have a partner with the public school system and it will certainly help our local economy grow,” he said.
New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher supports the legislation. “New York has a strong history of assisting schools and farmers with local food purchases, and this bill would build upon those programs.”