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IDEA Public Schools and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District receive 2017 USDA Farm to School Grants

" June 12, 2017 - Congratulations to IDEA Public Schools and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District for receiving 2017 USDA Farm to School Grants. Both will use the funds to strengthen connections between students and Texas agriculture.
USDA recently awarded Farm to School Grants to two National School Lunch Program participants in Texas. 

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District received a USDA Farm to School planning grant of $44,646. The funds will be used for the “Improving Student Achievement through Nutrition” project. The project will enable the district to cultivate local partnerships and purchase fresh produce from local farmers. This is the first USDA Farm to School Grant for Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD.

IDEA Public Schools in Weslaco received a USDA Farm to School implementation grant of $93,058. IDEA Public Schools will build systems to standardize academic instruction while continuing to grow and expand farm production capacity and increase access to farms for more than 30,000 students in three Texas regions. IDEA will also create the “Garden in a Box,” toolkit to assist schools in promoting the Healthy Kids Here initiative and increase participation in IDEA’s farms and gardens. This is the second grant for IDEA.

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