'Farm to School' Week Brings Fresh, Local Food to Virginia Schools

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

Schools across Virginia are bringing fresh foods from local farms into their cafeterias this week. It's the third annual 'Farm to School' week.

The cafeteria at Skyline Middle School is full of fresh, local foods for students.

Matt Lohr, Virginia Commissioner for Agriculture and Consumer Services, says this week is good for both the farmers and the children.

"Local foods, especially local produce are very healthy, very tasty so we encourage our schools to be able to purchase as much local produce as possible and of course healthy foods will cut down on obesity of children, so it really is a win-win for everyone," said Lohr.

Even though it's 'Farm to School' week, the cafeteria manager at Skyline Middle School says they try to provide fresh produce all the time.

"We take and cut vegetables everyday, fresh," said Krista Ressin, cafeteria manager at Skyline Middle School. "There is very little left over from the day before so everything has to come in fresh for our salad bars every day."

Many students are happy with these healthy changes.

"I think the food's better than last year, cause it's like fresher and stuff," said Kaelah Rangle, a Skyline Middle School student.

"I think it's actually pretty good because like we have three different choices in case we don't want one we can get the other one," said Karina Mercado, another student.

Skyline Middle School is one school that's making fresh food a regular item on the cafeteria menu.

"As stuff comes in that is fresh, we try to get that stuff and put it out on our bar so the kids have a chance to see and experience local stuff cause I mean sometimes they might not get it at home," said Ressin.

Lohr says the Valley has an advantage over the other Virginia schools because many farms in the Valley can provide those fresh choices to the students.

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