HONOLULU — Surrounded by lawmakers and Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, Governor David Ige has signed Senate Bill 376 (Act 218) into law during a press conference. The Farm to School Program establishes the Hawaii farm to school program and funds a farm to school coordinator position. Across the nation, farm to school programs are reconnecting students to a better understanding of the food system and where their food comes from. Farm to school programs introduce students to healthier eating habits and help them become familiar with new vegetables and fruits that they and their families will then be more willing to incorporate into their own diets. The farm to school coordinator will negotiate the complicated process of procuring local agricultural for our schools.
Governor Ige also announced that he has asked Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui to spearhead this initiative.
“For a number of years we’ve talked about the importance of Farm to School programs, and this bill signing takes the process a giant step forward. This program will ensure that our kids have nutritious meals as they learn about locally grown produce and cattle. This is a tremendous opportunity, and I look forward to working with the program coordinator, various state departments and agencies and the community to make sure we continue to move forward,” said Lt. Governor Tsutsui.