Sainato: $10,000 grant will boost pre-k access to healthy food, agricultural ed

Will fund food, gardening, local field trips for Pre-K Kids Learning Center Inc.

NEW CASTLE, Oct. 26 – State grant funding of $9,800 will provide New Castle pre-k students access to healthy foods and new, hands-on lessons in agriculture, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today.

Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the Department of Agriculture grant, awarded under the Pennsylvania Farm Bill’s Farm to School Grant Program, will help the center teach lessons and cultivate interests that can last a lifetime.

“Securing this funding will allow Pre-K Kids Learning Center to offer healthy, farm-fresh foods, including local dairy products and produce, so students realize there are alternatives to junk food and learn to make the right choices early on, before bad eating habits set in.

“The funding will also allow the center to offer gardening programs and local field trips, to give kids memorable, hands-on experiences that teach about the life cycle and foster a love of growing and the natural world. Those programs also plant the seeds to ensure Pennsylvania has a healthy supply of future farmers to continue our critically important agriculture industry.”

The grant is part of a package of funding to 47 projects designed to improve access to healthy local foods and boost agricultural learning for pre-K through 5th grade students.

More information about the funding is available here.