N.Y. schools receive farm-to-school funding

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School districts in New York will be able to apply for funds to support farm-to-school programs this year, WHEC reports. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced $1.5 million in funding, which will go toward increasing the use of fresh, local ingredients at school cafeterias across the state.

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