Homegrown School Lunch Week
Release Date: 9/10/2009 10:04:49 AM
Carroll County Public Schools is participating in Maryland’s new Farm-to-School program by including locally grown products in school lunches during Homegrown School Lunch Week, September 14-18, 2009. Students will find fresh local apples, watermelons, cantaloupes, broccoli, and peaches being offered in their school cafeterias.
The Jane Lawton Farm to School Program, named in honor of the late Maryland House of Delegates member Jane Lawton, is implemented on a state level. The program aims to bring more Maryland-grown products to school lunch rooms and to help educate students about where their food comes from, how it is produced, and the benefits of a healthy diet. Homegrown Schools Week was created to promote Maryland agriculture through school meals, classroom programs, and interaction between students and local farmers.
“This is an exciting new way for us to educate students about the benefits of locally grown food as a part of a healthy diet,” according to Eulalia Muschik, Supervisor of Food Services for Carroll County Public Schools. “It also connects students with the source of their food and the economic, environmental, and health benefits of eating fresh, nutritious, local products.”
More information about the Maryland Farm to School Initiative is available at www.mda.state.md.us/mdfarmtoschool.