Schools Promoting Eating Locally


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Students across Virginia are in the middle of Farm to School week.

It began in 2010 after the General Assembly passed a resolution as a way to help local farms.

The Harrisonburg City School System spends about 10 percent of it budget for food, buying local food from small farms.

This week, Harrisonburg's cafeterias will feature more local items than usual.

Head of nutrition Andrea Early said it's a way to help keep money and food local.

"To provide really healthy and fresh foods to our students while also supporting our local economy and so allowing that money to stay local really does help to support the local farmers," said Early.

Rockingham County Public Schools and Staunton City Schools are also taking part in this program.

According to the USDA, $11 million of school money in Virginia goes toward local food.


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