MONTGOMERY, Ala. - On Monday, April 5, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate presented a check to Elmore County Schools for the Alabama Farm to School meal reimbursement program. In 2020, the Alabama legislature approved $120,000 in the state budget specifically for the Farm to School meal reimbursement program. The goal of the program is to incentivize schools to serve more local, Alabama produce items to their students. Schools are eligible to receive an additional reimbursement of $0.25 per meal that features a fresh Alabama item. Since October of 2020, Elmore County Schools served more than 31,000 meals featuring an Alabama product. They served items such as persimmons, apples, and organic lettuce from four different Alabama farmers.
Commissioner Pate was joined by the State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey and many others in presenting the check at Redland Elementary School on Monday. Elmore County is one of several schools utilizing the reimbursement program. Commissioner Pate is set to make several check presentations over the next few weeks.
Pictured from left to right: Alabama Department of Education Chief of Staff Dr. Jeff Langham; AG Promotions Director Don Wambles; District 2 Elmore Co. School Board Member Wendell Saxon; District 6 Elmore Co. School Board Member Brian Ward; Agriculture Development Specialist Beth Spratt; Commissioner Rick Pate; Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey; Elmore Co. Food Service Director Cacyce Davis; District 3 Elmore Co. School Board Member David Jones; Child Nutrition Program Director Angelice Lowe; State Senator Will Barfoot; Child Nutrition Program Administrator Jeanne Brust; Redland Elementary School Principal Chad Walls; Elmore Co. Superintendent of Education Richard E. Dennis.