Kids Farm to School Program

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October is national Farm to School month. Farm to School programs connect schools with local farms to provide healthy meals from the school cafeteria. Kids in the program enjoy the fresh veggies, eat more veggies, and ask for more salads at home. School staff, students, and parents get to know their local farmers and local economy improves. Eating fresh foods, visits with farmers, and having food related education can turn kids into healthy eaters for a lifetime. With nutrition education, kids can understand the cycle of food and how it affects their health. The programs include farm tours, cooking classes, taste testing, school gardens and composting. On September 30th, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act expired. That’s the piece of legislation that governs the National School Lunch Program-and Congress has yet to pass a new version of the bill. Through this bill, USDA offered Farm to School Grants to provide local food, school gardens, and food education for schools. The new bill has not yet passed through congress. Farm to School programs are changing food purchasing and education at school and pre-schools, while boosting economic opportunities for local family farmers. http://www.farmtoschool.org/cnr2015

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