Local Farms Feed Local Students, Alachua County, FL
Now in its fourth year, the Alachua County Farm to School program by Alachua County Public Schools now serves vegetables and fruit from local farms every day in school meals, allowing students to learn about the connection between farming, food and good health in a fun, educational and interactive environment. In addition to food purchased from local farms, school gardens at 15 schools are producing salad fixings and collard greens for school lunches.
Programs include Harvest of the Month, where students receive a trading card with information about and nutritional information about the fruit or vegetable offered and the farm where it grew; the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetables program, which offers children a fruit or vegetable snack every day, introducing them to a variety of fruits and vegetables in an effort to combat obesity; and the On Point Food Truck, which delivers fresh food to district high school students.
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