Legislation would allow schools to use federal funds on local food

05/2/2013 | Blade (Toledo, Ohio), The

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has introduced legislation that would allow school districts to spend a portion of the federal money they receive for free and reduced-price meals on locally grown fruits and vegetables. Currently, those funds must be spent on U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities, but supporters say the change would help put more locally grown food in schools. Brown said the plan would help schools and local farmers, and would be paid for by phasing out some existing farm subsidies.

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