BISHOP ANNOUNCES USDA GRANT FOR FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
COLUMBUS, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding the recent Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program Grant awarded to Fort Valley State University by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA):
“Fort Valley State University has long been at the forefront of cutting-edge agricultural research and science. I know they will do great things with this grant to improve children’s nutrition in the Baldwin County School District with the Baldwin Grows Farm to School Community Action Committee. The things learned in Baldwin County will be helpful to rural school districts across America. Congratulations on this award and thank you for your hard work!”
The purpose of the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program is to increase the knowledge of agricultural science and improve the nutritional health of children. The program’s goal is to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems by bringing together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system.
More information on the work Fort Valley State University will do in Baldwin County can be found here.