MTA offering funds to connect ESPs with local farms to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to schools

ESP Garden Photo With a help from a $5,000 grant from the NEA, ESPs play a major role in all aspects of the garden at the Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall School in Groveland.

The MTA Education Support Professionals Committee is offering Farm to School mini-grants of up to $1,000 as part of a larger initiative aimed at connecting local farms with ESPs to put fresh fruits and vegetables on the plates of Massachusetts public school students.

Funding available from the MTA ESP Committee for locals to start projects aimed at promoting healthy eating and children’s nutrition.

The MTA Farm to School Program will distribute the grants to locals to start projects aimed at promoting healthy eating and children’s nutrition.

The National Education Association is providing funding for the grants as part of a larger Farm to School effort whose focus is to expand programs that address the importance of nutrition to child health as well as to hear what is being done at the state and federal level to improve school food, connect food service programs with local growers and producers, and help students learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Grant request applications should explain in detail how ESP-led work will be a component of the project. Technical support from the Massachusetts Farm to School Project is available to recipients.

The deadline for applications has been extended until 5 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014. For more information, contact Steve Day, MTA ESP and Retired member organizer, at sday@massteacher.org.

Click here to download the grant application.

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