USDA, Thompson, Garamendi announce $23 million for local food in school meals
This week, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Assistant Secretary Jenny Moffitt and Representatives Mike Thompson and John Garamendi and Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry announced a more than $23 million partnership agreement with California to increase state budget. purchasing nutritious, local food for school meal programs.
Through the Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program (LFS), the California Department of Education (CDE) will purchase and distribute local and regional food and beverages for schools to serve to children through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. These products will be healthy and unique in their geographic area to improve children’s nutrition and build new relationships between schools and local farmers.
“School lunches are vital to the health and success of California students. Nutrition plays a critical role in school lunches and our local producers are the backbone of providing the food necessary to sustain this system,” said Thompson.
“I am thrilled to see USDA invest $24 million in California farmers and the well-being of our children. For years, I have fought to ensure that nutritious, American-grown food is the foundation of our national school lunch programs. This program is a big step in that direction, helping California schools support local producers who have helped make our state the fruit and vegetable capital of the world,” Garamendi said.
“This cooperative agreement to support California schools is another example of how USDA is working to build a more resilient food system rooted in local and regional production,” said USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs Representative Jenny Lester Moffitt. “The Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement program provides states with an opportunity to strengthen ties between local farmers, ranchers, food businesses and schools, providing students with access to nutritious foods unique to the area in which they live, creating stronger connections between local communities. “
“California is thrilled to receive more than $23 million in local assistance from the USDA for our schools operating the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. As the first state in the nation to adopt a permanent Universal Meals program for our students, this funding aligns with California’s historic investment in transforming schools and ensuring that every public school student has access to more than a nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day. , but also foods that are minimally processed, delicious, culturally relevant, grown in California and sourced from historically underserved producers,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
For more information on USDA’s work in support of school meal programs, visit the USDA Support for School Meals page at https://www.fns.usda.gov/cn/usda-support-schools-chart
American Pickers is excited to return to California! They plan to film episodes of The History Channel’s hit show
TV series in your area in January 2023.
AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “collecting” on The History Channel. The hit show follows veteran collectors in the industry as they search for America’s most valuable antiques.
They are always excited to find extensive, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.
As the Pickers travel the backroads from coast to coast, they are tasked with recycling and rescuing forgotten relics. Along the way, they want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. They hope to breathe new life into historically significant objects while learning something about America’s past along the way. Pickers have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before.
They are ready to find extraordinary objects and hear fascinating stories about them.
American Pickers continues to take the pandemic very seriously and will follow all guidelines and
protocols for safe filming suggested by the state and the CDC. Still, they say they’re excited to continue reaching out to the many collectors in the area to discuss their years of collecting and are eager to hear their memorable stories.
The TV show American Pickers is looking for takers and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or
someone you know has a large private collection or hoarded antiques that Pickers can spend
the better part of the day we watch, we’d love to hear from you! Attention, Pickers do not pick
shops, flea markets, malls, auction houses, museums or anything open to the public. Please if interested
send them your name, phone number, location and description of the photo collection to:
[email protected] or call (646) 493-2184.