Growing Lunch is a school garden grant program administered through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce with the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Growing Lunch seeks to enhance Farm to School efforts across the state. It acts as an educational tool to enhance the knowledge of daycare and school-aged children on agriculture, healthy eating and how food arrives on their plate three times a day. All schools, K-12, and daycares/pre-schools in the State of Mississippi are eligible to apply. Schools that already have a school garden may apply to further their production. It is encouraged that schools applying have local support, for example, a local extension office or Master Gardeners. This program is on a first come, first serve basis. Only one grant can be awarded per school. Schools must fill out the application and have a dedicated coordinator. Pre-schools must be registered/licensed by the Mississippi Department of Health. Schools that have received a Growing Lunch grant from MDAC in the past are not eligible to apply for more funds at this time.
For the full grant package, visit: http://www.mdac.ms.gov/marketing/SGGP2019.pdf