Farm to School Week Connects Students to Local Produce

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

WAYNESBORO-- This week is Virginia Farm to School Week. The program connects schools in the state to local produce. This morning state Agriculture Commissioner Matt Lohr was in Charlottesville to help load trucks to deliver to local schools.

Students in Waynesboro have been getting the food this week from Charlottesville. Many students there receive free or reduced lunches, in some cases 90% of a school. This is a chance for them to eat a healthy snack. The school system has been doing the program for about eight years, and receives a grant to help keep the costs down.

A few of the younger kids. had never even seen some of the fruits before, so it's helping to improve their diets. "It's been wonderful. We had a little girl. She came up to the manager and she said, 'I've never seen an apple before.' Didn't even know what it was. So we've had a lot of that with out elementary, especially," said Tammy Coffey, the nutrition program manager for Waynesboro Schools.

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