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- UVM students in the Central Campus Dining Hall
The University of Vermont, Norwich University, Sodexo and their affiliated partners will receive a $250,000 grant designed to strengthen regional food systems by putting more local food on campus menus, the Henry P. Kendall Foundation announced on Monday. The recipients are among six teams of institutions to be awarded the foundation's New England Food Vision Prize.
The money will be used for "state-of-the-art" food processing equipment for regional food processors, according to the foundation's press release. "The new equipment will allow the food processors to buy and prepare much more locally grown produce than they do currently and sell it to a variety of institutions."
The schools' grant partners are Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical center, UVM Medical Center, the Vermont Food Venture Center in Hardwick and the Pioneer Valley Growers Association in South Deerfield, Mass.