“School nutrition programs are an important area for Slow Food to get involved in - as kids learn language arts and math, they’re also taking in more subtle lessons about food through breakfast and lunch programs, bake sales, and classroom snacks.”—Slow Food Seacoast: Adventures of a Local “Lunch Lady”
* H 4833, the S.C. Farm to School Program Act, would set up a special program within the state Department of Agriculture to encourage schools and farmers to work together to provide fresh produce for school snacks and meals. The bill would help provide a market for farmers while simultaneously helping students learn more about agricultural products and healthy eating habits.
“The group is up for the challenge, and despite the hefty workload, we learned something inspiring—Dover schools still have fully equipped kitchens!—anything can happen. We meet next at Dover high school for a group kitchen tour… hairnets not required.”—Seacoast Eat Local » Blog Archive » Kids Eat Kale?
Start a Farm-to-School program in Lawrence public schools: Farm to School is a program which schools provide meals using locally produced foods. Schools also provide learning opportunities, such as farming, gardening and studying about nutrition. This program would enable local farmers to sell their products and raise students’ awareness of food and health. Your participation wanted! And don’t miss Lawrence farmers’ market! It opens on Saturday morning and Tuesday and Thursday evening from mid April to November.
The school recently started a farm-to-school-lunch program, with organic and locally grown foods. The school recycles and composts. In the school garden, students grow crops and herbs for the lunch program.
Also, please keep an eye out for opportunities to get local foods in more places in your community: Local food purchasing policies for cafeterias in your favorite school, childcare center, or workplace? Farm-to-school, office, or church programs?
It took a few weeks into the school year to get on the lunch program. In the interest of telling the story, I’ll disclose that I filled out the papers for the Reduced lunch program, thinking it would be a good “back up” plan for days that I couldn’t come up with something from home. When I found out that because of our family size, the kids qualified for free lunch AND breakfast, I took them up on the offer. The very first time that I left the kids at school, early and hungry, I never expected what I found when I picked them up: hungry, angry kids. They’d had several weeks at school already and they’d never come home like this before. My 10 yo went right for the first food he saw- tortillas. My teen grabbed them from his hands, and my baby boy picked up a nearby butcher knife and held it up menacingly, threatening my teen to give him back that food. I was absolutely drop-me shocked.
Farm to school bill passes! Thanks to those of you who called your legislators, the farm to school bill (HB3158) has passed! Questions remain about this bill’s impact on school purchasing. Stay tuned to enews for more details. ( what is Farm to School Bill? Well its were the schools will buy their produce and meat from local farms :) )
“Farm to school programs are being started in many communities across the country. These programs connect schools to local farms. Their goals are multifaceted and ambitious. They try to serve healthier meals in cafeterias, improve student nutrition, educate kids about health and nutrition, and support local small farms. The national Farm to School web site is a great source of information about these efforts, and also serves as a registry for Farm to school programs.”—School Lunches 2: The Promise of Feeding Kids Well and Saving the World. : Eat. Drink. Better.