$108,188 will fund pilot programs improving nutrition & supporting the local economy
BAKERSFIELD –Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) commended the decision by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to fund two Farm to School Pilot Grant Programs, totaling $108,188, in both the McFarland Unified School District and at the Wonderful College Prep Academy (WCPA). These programs will connect cafeterias, classrooms, and communities by supporting local food purchasing and collaboration between students, teachers, and local farmers.
“I am thrilled to see investment come to our local schools, which will improve nutrition and support our local farmers,” said Assemblymember Salas. “These new programs will provide students with better food, help school gardens flourish, and give kids the opportunity to enroll in career educational programs like culinary arts, agriculture, and public health.”
McFarland and the Wonderful College Prep Academy are part of only 60 projects funded throughout the entire state. McFarland Unified School District will receive $74,606 to enhance educational opportunities to learn about healthy food, how to make healthy choices, and how to produce and process almonds. The WCPA will receive $33,582 to kickstart their “Buy Local,” “Health and Wellness,” and “Grow Our Own” initiatives. These programs will support the purchase of locally grown foods to serve in school meals and will teach nutrition classes. Additionally, the program will use 80 food-producing trees to teach students about growing and harvesting.
Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.