Grants designed to begin or expand programs that increase access to locally grown food and education are now available for child-care and preschool programs.

The grants are available through the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition, which brings together a group of farm to school and early care stakeholders. It works to build cross-sector partnerships to advance programs and policies in schools, early care settings and the food system.

Three grant applications – ranging from $500 to $2,000 for gardens, family engagement and local food procurement – will be open continuously for 18 months, or until all funds are awarded, from now through June 2024. For more information and previews of grant applications, visit the Farm to School and Early Care website.

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