Wake County SmartStart Receives Grant for Food Project
The John Rex Endowment recently awarded Wake County SmartStart more than $675,000 for a Farm to Child Care project to help more than 160 child care facilities make changes in order to prepare fresh, local produce for snacks and meals throughout growing seasons. WCSS will focus on child care facilities in Wake County that serve low-income families and children who need improved access to nutritious food.
Facility directors and other staff will learn how to access local food and prepare seasonal produce. Age-appropriate curriculum resources and training will also be provided to help educate children and families about fruits and vegetables.
Advocates for Health in Action and Wake County Cooperative Extension will partner with WCSS to educate and train child care providers, facilitate connections with growers and provide support to help improve healthy eating for children. Learn more at rexendowment.org.