New York Makes Historic Commitment in State Budget to Increasing Healthy Food Grown on New York Farms and Served in K-12 Schools
As part of the 2018-19 State Budget, Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature passed 'No Student Goes Hungry,' which will quadruple the current school meal reimbursement to 25 cents for schools purchasing 30 percent of their ingredients from New York farms, while also doubling the state's investment in Farm to School grants. American Farmland Trust and the statewide 'New York Grown Food for New York Kids' coalition applauds Governor Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly for a historic commitment in the 2018-19 State Budget to bringing more healthy food grown in New York into K-12 schools.
Farm to School is a win-win, improving the health of our children and supporting New York farmers!
- According to the New York State Department of Health, nearly 1 in 3 children are obsese or overweight, a record high. Schools across New York State serve breakfast, lunch and after-school meals annually to 1.7 million children, and providing more fresh and minimally-processed foods to our students is an important way to improve health outcomes while instilling healthy habits.
- For food-insecure children, school meals may be their only dependable source of nutrition. Farm to School is an effective way to improve access to healthy food to our most vulnerable children.
- According to the National Farm to School Network, each dollar invested in Farm to School activities stimulates an additional $0.60 - $2.16 of local economic activity.
- Opening K-12 schools as new market channels to farmers helps them diversify their business and remain economically viable.