Several new initiatives to better connect New York schools to local growers and producers across the state to ensure the use of fresh, healthy foods in school meals across the state and boost the agriculture industry were announced Friday.
A total of $6.7 million in grants to 26 organizations statewide will help increase access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity in high need communities.
Through the Department of Health's new Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program, the department is working with local organizations to implement strategies to combat obesity and other chronic diseases in high-need school districts and their surrounding communities.
Six organizations in Western New York will receive grants totaling $1,448,001. Grant awardees will work directly with school districts and food retailers in these areas to improve access to nutritious foods as well as increase opportunities for daily physical activity.
Those obtaining grants are:
Onondaga County Health Department, Syracuse, $250,000
Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, $250,000
St. Lawrence County Health Initiative INc., Clifton-Fine, Gouverneur, $250,000
Clinton County Health Department, $250,000
Chautauqua County Health Network, $250,000
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County, $198.001
Erie 1 BOCES, $250,000
Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, Rochester, $250,000
Genesee, Livingston, Steuben, Wyoming BOCES, $250,000
Capital District Community Gardens, $250,000
Glens Falls Hospital, $250,000
North Country Healthy Heart Network, Malone, Salmon River, Brushton-Moira, $250,000
Research Foundation for SUNY Cobleskill, $250,000
Seton Health Foundation, Hudson, Rensselaer, Troy, Schenectady, $250,000
County of Broome, $250,000
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County, Fallsburg, Liberty, Monticello, $249,718
Nepperhan Community Center, Yonkers, $250,000
Orange County Department of Health, Newburgh, Port Jervis, $250,000
Rockland County Department of Health, East Ramapo, $250,000
Western Suffolk BOCES, Wyandanch, Shinecock, Glen Cove, $250,000
Fund for Public Health in New York, North and Central Brooklyn, $249,945
Fund for Public Health in New York, East Harlem and Brooklyn, $249,845
The Institute for Family Health, Bronx, $250,000
JSI Research and Training, $504,120