HARRISONBURG, Va (WHSV) This month is National Farm to School Month. It's a time to celebrate the partnerships that are happening all over the country between schools and local food.
This month also includes an educational component. The goal is to teach students how their food grows and where it comes from.
In Harrisonburg City Schools, up to 10 percent of school cafeteria food comes from local producers.
Andrea Early, Nutrition Programs Director for Harrisonburg City Schools said food that is purchased locally is fresher.
"It retains more of the nutrients because it is not transported as far. It also really supports the local economy. We feel that is so important," explained Early.
Early said when she selects foods, she looks for items that are already familiar to students. She wants them to enjoy what they are eating but upgrade to a healthier version.
Local foods found in Harrisonburg City schools include fresh apples, peppers, lettuce, whole wheat flour and ground beef .
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