SALEM -- Oregon school children may have more access to Oregon-grown food under a bill a House committee moved April 8.

And farmers could have increased access to local sales.

House Bill 2800 allocates $2 million in lottery dollars to reimburse school districts for the added costs of buying Oregon-grown food.

Buying local typically costs school districts more than the low-bid, large-scale, bulk buys common for school lunch and school breakfast purchases.

The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on April 8 moved the bill to Ways and Means, where it awaits funding approval.

--Mitch Lies

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