Friday, November 5, 2010
Can You Dig It? Farm to School Virginia 2010
House Joint Resolution 95 passed in 2009.
And, like last year, Local Food Hub is excited to be a part of the action. The best part is that this year, lots of schools are participating, and they're doing so in a big way. More than 25 schools are purchasing local, fresh, healthy food for their lunch programs in and around Charlottesville. By my math, that means more than 11,000 public school children will have the option to purchase a healthy lunch next week.
In addition to making the purchase and delivery of this food possible, Local Food Hub will also be providing informational materials about the farms where the food was produced, and a few of us (myself and Steve!) will be attending schools during lunch hours to talk with kids and sample some apples. Fun!
“Virginia schools spend more than $6 million annually on fresh produce. Farm to School Week gives us a great opportunity to keep those dollars right here in our community, while also providing healthy, fresh foods for our kids.” says Local Food Hub Director Kate Collier. “Our dedicated community of individual supporters and foundations has been integral in making all of this possible. We hope the excitement around local food will encourage more people to get involved with Local Food Hub!”
One way you can make sure that Farm to School Week 2010 is a success is by participating! Encourage your kids to buy lunch next week, and spread the word to parents and teachers, too. If the response from the community is great, we know the schools will keep it up!
We're also really excited about some creative thinking by Sofia Case and the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Check back next week to see how they helped to bridge the gap on pricing for a portion of the foods supplied during Farm to School Week!