New York State Office of General Services (OGS) Commissioner RoAnn Destito today announced school districts across the state have made a commitment to dedicate at least $2.1 million in USDA funds toward the federal agency’s Pilot Project for the Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables during the 2016-17 school year. This investment represents a 320 percent increase over the $500,000 commitment by schools in 2015-16 for the pilot, which is administered by OGS on behalf of the state.
With the hope that the USDA will turn the pilot into a permanent program, OGS has worked with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the USDA, school districts, and representatives of the state’s agricultural industry to ensure the pilot’s success. Efforts are ongoing to grow interest in the pilot and get more schools and food vendors to participate.
The 134 school districts scheduled to participate in the pilot during the 2016-17 school year are located in: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Nassau, Niagara, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Rensselaer, Rockland, Seneca, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tioga, Ulster, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming, and Yates counties.
The schools and districts participating are: Alden, Allegany, Andover, Avon, Barker Central, Batavia, Bayshore, Bemus Point, Bloomfield, Bolivar-Richburg, Brighton, Brockport, Brocton, Byron Bergen High, Caledonia Mumford School, Canandaigua, Cattaraugus, Chatauqua Lake, Chester, Churchville, Clarkson South HS, Cornwall, Cuba-Rushford Central Schools, Clymer, East Irondequoit, Dover Union Free, East Greenbush, East Ramapo, Eastridge, East Rochester School, Ellicottville, Fairport, Falconer, Felix Fiesta, Florida Union Free, Forestville, Franklinville, Fredonia, Fredonia/Ashville BOCES, Friendship, Gananda, Gates Chili, Genesee-Valley, Geneseo Central, Geneva, Glen Cove, Gowanda, Goshen, Grand Island, Greenwood Lake UFSD, Half Hollow - Dix Hills, Highland, Hilton, Hinsdale, Honeoye Central School, Hope Hall School, Hyde Park, Immaculate Conception, Jamestown/Washington, Kendall, Keshequa, Kingston, LeRoy High/Middle School, Lakeland, Livonia, Lockport, Lyndonville Central, Lyons, and Marcus Whitman.
Also participating are: Marion, Medina, Middletown Public School, Monroe BOCES Forman Center, Monroe Woodbury, Mount Morris, Nanuet, Naples, Newark, Newfane, New Hope Manor, Niagara Wheatfield, North Rockland, North Rose, North Shore, Notre Dame HS, Oakfield, Oracle Charter, Orange Ulster BOCES, Panama, Pawling, Peekskill, Pelham, Pembroke School, Perry, Phelps Clifton Springs, Phoenix Central School System, Pine Bush, Pine Plains, Pine Valley, Port Jervis, Portville, Randolph, Ripley, Rocky Point, Rondout, Rush Henrietta, Scio, Seneca Falls, Sherman, Silver Creek, Southwestern, Spackenkill, Spencerport, Tarrytown, Tuxedo, Ulster County BOCES, Universal School, Valley Central, Wappingers, Warsaw, Warwick Valley, Washingtonville, Waterloo, Wayne, Webster, Webutuck, Wellsville, West Irondequoit, West Valley, Wheatland Chili, Whitesville, Williamson High School, and Wilson.