AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE SMALL FARMS TO HEALTHIER SCHOOLS INITIATIVE, A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMS AND LOCAL FARMERS.
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Appropriates $340,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2017‑18 and $330,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2018‑19 from the General Fund to Working Landscapes, for a pilot program to reimburse participating school districts based on the servings of food they source from farms within the same region. Requires that the pilot project take place in the educational district for the North Central region as provided in GS 143B‑28.1 (Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Wilson Counties). Specifies that of the funds appropriated by this act, $60,000 in 2017‑18 and $120,000 in 2018‑19 must be used for payments to participating school systems to offset the higher cost of locally grown products with the remaining funds cost‑shared on a one‑to‑one basis with funds provided by Working Landscapes to establish program infrastructure and assist local farms in obtaining certifications necessary to supply school nutrition programs. Effective July 1, 2017.
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