JACKSON – Elms Elementary School in Jackson was one of nine NJ schools to receive a competitive mini grant to develop Farm to School activities, announced New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.
These schools are all part of the US Department of Agriculture National School Lunch Program and were awarded a total of $10,000 in grants for various projects. Elms Elementary plans to use the funds to support their local school garden preschool program.
The funds for these grants have been made available through legislation signed into law in 2014, which allows contributions to the New Jersey Farm To School Program through the Farm To School and School Garden Fund tax check-off as well as the Farm To School Donor Fund, which allows for private donations to enhance and expand Farm To School activities in the state.
The other NJ schools that received grants include: Lakeside Middle School in Millville, Cumberland County; Washington Avenue School in Pleasantville, Atlantic County; Hamilton Primary School in Bridgewater, Somerset; Passaic Valley Regional High School in Little Falls, Passaic County; Sharon Elementary School in Robbinsville, Mercer County; Newark Educators Community Charter School in Newark, Essex County; Pace Charter School in Hamilton, Mercer County; and Canfield Avenue School in Minehill Township, Morris County.