Community Food Bank and school gardens to benefit from grant - Tucson News Now

Community Food Bank and school gardens to benefit from grant

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

More schools in the Tucson area will be growing their own gardens thanks to a special grant from the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. 

Nationwide, it is the only Food Bank partnering with local schools to receive a USDA Farm to School grant.

The idea is to have more food in schools be local and healthier. $97,000 will help students grown their own food to serve in their school cafeterias. 

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is partnering with 11 schools within the Tucson Unified School District, and one school in the San Xavier School District to make it happen.

With the money the Community Food Bank will also be able to keep the school gardens they already have. 

They have already planted school gardens at seven of the eleven schools.  The partnership extends to the entire community.

The Community Food Bank will set up meetings between local producers and the participating schools.

They will announce more today at a meeting at the Community Food Bank at 3 p.m.

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