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Oxford schools get $80,000 grant to help put locally-grown veggies in cafeterias


OXFORD, Mississippi — The Oxford School District is getting help to put locally-grown agriculture products in the school cafeteria.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran tells WTVA-TV (http://bit.ly/1NCvC4h ) the district is receiving $80,000 in a Farm to School Grant from the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Cochran says the district has set a good example of promoting local agriculture to provide nutritious meals to students.

They also use the program to increase student knowledge of farming.

The grant will help the school district participate in a city-wide food hub with the Oxford City Market. It will also support the use of garden projects for self-sustaining educational programs.

Cochran hopes the program will spread to other schools around the state.

Information from: WTVA-TV, http://www.wtva.com

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