PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Info: Barbara Crouch Senior Director Marketing & Development 860-425-6522 email@example.com CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCES CT GROWN 4 CT KIDS GRANT RECIPIENTS BOZRAH, CT (January 5, 2023) – TVCCA is proud to receive one of 32 grants from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt announces that the Connecticut Department of Agriculture has awarded 32 grants from the Connecticut Grown for Connecticut Kids Grant (CTG4CTK Grant), totaling $452,268 to develop and enhance farm-to-school programs. Established under P.A. 21-0002, S. 364, these awards will increase the availability of local foods in child nutrition programs, allow educators to use hands-on educational techniques to teach students about nutrition and farm-to-school connections, sustain relationships with local farmers and producers, enrich the educational experience of students, improve the health of children in the state and enhance the state's economy. “Response to the Connecticut Grown for Connecticut Kids Grant program has been tremendous and we are pleased to double the number of awardees this year with increased funding capacity,” said Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt. “We are especially appreciative of the advisory committee members who participated in the review process to ensure these projects will have a meaningful and immediate impact on student’s access to fresh, nutritious CT Grown foods while providing interactive learning opportunities related to agriculture, nutrition, food and health.” TVCCA received funding from Track 4: : Connecticut Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Grant to support healthy eating and curriculum around fresh fruits and vegetables. The program received 72 applications totaling $1,022,285 in requested grant funds. Selection was highly competitive, and the review was conducted by a statutorily authorized review panel and Commissioner Hurlburt. To learn more about the CTG4CTK Grant, including success stories from previous recipients, please visit: https://portal.ct.gov/DOAG/ADaRC/ADaRC/Grants/CT-Grown-for-CT-Kids-Grant/Success-Stories About TVCCA: Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA) is a private, non-profit organization that has been providing social services in southeastern Connecticut since 1965. TVCCA is well recognized as a community leader – and partner – in advocating for and meeting the needs of the region’s economically and otherwise disadvantaged citizens For more information visit https://tvcca.org/ or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @TVCCAcares.