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Washington Women's Foundation Awards WSFFN $90,000

Washington Women's Foundation Award Announcement

Wa Women's Foundation Awards The Network's Fresh Food in Schools project $90,000

Washington Women's Foundation Awards WSFFN $90,000

Julie Davis, Ellen Gray, Karen Kinney, Clara Duff and Carla Lewis at the Washington Women's Foundation Awards Ceremony June 15 2011

Jun 16, 2011

(MOUNT VERNON, WA)— The Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network received notice that it will be awarded $90,000 from the Washington Women’s Foundation for its Fresh Food in Schools project. The project will build public awareness and provide organizational support to increase school purchases of Washington grown fruits and vegetables.  “We are thrilled to be awarded this grant from the Washington Women’s Foundation. It will enable us to help our schools serve more locally grown fruits and vegetables.” says Ellen Gray, Executive Director of The Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network. “A win for our kids and our farmers!”  

“Building relationships between farmers, parents and schools, and encouraging schools to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers will lead to greater stability in our rural communities and strengthen our state’s economic base,” states Trudy Bialic, Director of Public Affairs at PCC Natural Markets, a project partner.

 Twenty schools will be targeted to participate in the three year project. “It has been determined that on average, school children receive 1/3 of their calories at school. Washington State PTA is very supportive of improving the quality of our school food and helping improve the nutrition for our schoolchildren” stated Bill Williams, Executive Director of the Washington State PTA. “The Fresh Food in Schools project will provide important support to our School Districts in their efforts to improve the nutritional value of their meals,” says Victor Colman with the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition.

In addition to the Washington Women’s Foundation grant, funding for the project has been provided by WSDA through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Sustainable Whatcom Farm 2 School fund and private donations.   If you would like more information about Fresh Food in Schools contact Ellen Gray at egray@wsffn.org or 360-336-9694.

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