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A Year Two Farm to Early Care and Education Implementation Grant (FIG) 2021-22 Will Further Expand Farm to ECE Efforts in 10 States and the District of Columbia

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) is pleased to announce that the Farm to Early Care and Education Implementation Grant (FIG) will continue for a second year, November 1, 2021 through October 31, 2022.

Ten states and the District of Columbia will receive an additional $90,900 each and technical assistance to strengthen their state-level farm to ECE initiatives for an additional one-year project period. ASPHN administers this grant in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Farm to School Network. The continuing Year Two FIG teams include: Colorado, District of Columbia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Vermont, and Washington.

According to Carol Smathers, MS, MPH, team lead for the state of Ohio, "Having an additional year of FIG funding and technical assistance is extremely good news. A Year Two FIG will make a real difference in continued progress and sustainability in Ohio."

The Year One FIG Evaluation Report describes the impact of the FIG's first year and the potential promise for opportunities in its second year. Year One positively impacted over 1,200 ECE sites, 1,900 ECE providers, and 219,000 children. The funding and technical assistance also helped teams increase awareness and implementation of farm to ECE; prioritize equity in their FIG work; and sustain that impact with policy, systems, and environment changes. This work will continue in year two with teams continuing to prioritize equity across all farm to ECE activities, expand farm to ECE implementation and awareness across their states, and strengthen their sustainable farm to ECE systems.

Interest in the farm to ECE strategy has grown in recent years thanks to its innovative and effective approach. Year One FIG mini grants and awards could only award 25 percent of the interested ECEs. ASPHN hopes to build on this interest by networking local farmers and food producers with ECEs such as family childcare sites, preschools, childcare centers and Head Starts, thereby helping to stimulate local economies and increasing children’s access to healthy foods.

For more information, please contact Emia Oppenheim at emia@asphn.org or 814-255-2829, extension 714. 

Founded in 1952, the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) is a non-profit membership organization that strengthens nutrition policy, programs and environments for all people through the development of public health nutrition leaders and the collective action of members nationwide. ASPHN’s membership is composed of more than 700 nutrition professionals located throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. ASPHN's vision is healthy eating and active living for everyone.You can find ASPHN on the web at www.asphn.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/asphn.

FIG is supported by the CDC of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of cooperative agreement number NU38OT000279-04. This specific project, along with many other projects, is funded through this cooperative agreement that totals $3,245,000. One hundred percent of FIG is funded by DNPAO/ National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) /CDC/HHS. The contents of this release are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, DNPAO/NCCDPHP/CDC/HHS, or the United States.