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Schools to Offer Fresh Local Food During Homegrown School Lunch Week

Release Date: 9/7/2010 2:58:13 PM

Carroll County Public Schools and school systems across the state will participate in Maryland’s Farm to School Program and Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week by providing more locally grown products in school lunches during the week of September 13-17, 2010. Carroll County students will find fresh local apples, watermelons, corn, and peaches being offered in their school cafeterias.
 
To promote the week and to stress the importance of healthy eating, students can tap into their creativity and have an opportunity to win exciting prizes. The Maryland Farm to School Program is sponsoring a YouTube video contest for students. In a video lasting no longer than three minutes, students must thoughtfully and creatively answer the question, “What does ‘local food’ mean to you?” The first place winner(s) will receive an Apple iPod Touch, a Maryland State Park pass, and a school lunchtime visit from Buddy Hance, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The deadline to submit the video is September 20. More details may be found at www.marylandfarmtoschool.org.
 
The Farm to School Program brings more Maryland-grown products to school cafeterias and helps to educate students about where their food comes from, how it is produced, and the benefits of a healthy diet. Homegrown School Lunch Week was created to promote Maryland agriculture through school meals, classroom programs, and interaction between students and local farmers.
       
“Homegrown School Lunch Week is an exciting way for us to educate students about the benefits of locally grown food as a part of a healthy diet,” said 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.”

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