Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon visited Quincy High School on Wednesday, December 2 in recognition of the USDA granting of $72,000 to Quincy for support of the Farm to School initiative. Undersecretary Concannon met with Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro, Interim Planning Director James Fatseas, Quincy Public Schools and Planning & Community Development administrators and staff, State Representative Tackey Chan, School Committee Vice Chair Kathryn Hubley, and representatives from community partners such as Holly Hill Farm, the Quincy Farmers Market, the South Shore YMCA, and the Massachusetts Farm to School Network.
The Farm to School Implementation grant proposal was submitted by the City of Quincy Planning & Community Development Department in collaboration with Quincy Public Schools and the support of Mayor Thomas Koch. The grant funding will allow for expansion of STEM-related curriculum through creating and supporting school gardens, providing extended curriculum opportunities beyond the bell for after school and summer programming, increasing family and community engagement around nutrition and local food sources, and expanding offerings of locally-produced fruits and vegetables in Quincy Public Schools breakfast and lunch programs.
(left to right) Senior Curriculum Director Madeline Roy, Health Services Coordinator Rita Bailey, Lincoln Hancock Community School Principal Ruth Witmer, Undersecretary Kevin Concannon, Superintendent DeCristofaro, Sterling Middle School Principal John Franceschini, Quincy High School Principal Larry Taglieri
(left to right) Interim Planning Director James Fatseas, Principal Planner Elizabeth Manning, Assistant Planner Susan Karim, Community Development Director Sean Glennon, Undersecretary Kevin Concannon