Forget everything you know about school lunch: next week, kids across Central Virginia will be feasting on roasted red potatoes, grass-fed beef lasagna, steamed winter squash, and fresh salad mix, all grown by local farmers.
Farm to School Week starts on Monday, and this year, Local Food Hub has partnered with more than 50 schools in six districts to supply local fruits, vegetables, and meat, and also host in-school events like apple tastings and Meet-the-Farmer demonstrations.
Want to get involved? Here are three things you can do:
- Get informed! Visit this guide to Farm to School Week in Central Virginia. Find out what local foods your school will be serving and see a schedule of in-school events. Don’t forget to follow along on our blog and Facebook page for day-to-day updates, photos, and posts!
- Buy lunch! Do you wish every week was Farm to School Week? Then prove it! Show administrators that parents will pay for fresh food in school, and make sure you let them know that you appreciate their hard work this week.
- Donate! Our Farm to School programming is 100% community-powered—and thanks to a challenge grant from the J. Aron Charitable Foundation, your gift during Farm to School Week will be matched, up to $20K! Please help us put local apples in little hands (and keep our delivery truck on the road!) by chipping in today.
Putting local food on lunch trays isn’t always easy, but it’s the right thing to do—for our kids, our farmers, and our economy. Local Food Hub is committed to helping schools break through the barriers to serving fresh fruits and vegetables, and with your help, we’ll keep growing!
Happy Farm to School Week,
Executive Director, Local Food Hub
P.S. Please thank your school cafeteria staff for their hard work this week! They have demonstrated incredible commitment to this program and we couldn’t do it without them.
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