Expand Local Food Access in Schools

Did you know that produce begins to lose nutritional value as soon as it is picked? Bringing local food into our schools guarantees greater quality and better nutrition content. Eating locally also helps support local farmers, farmland, and the local economy. In addition to helping the local economy, it is fun for school children to get to know their local farmer!

To bring expand local food access to students, schools can support and develop school gardens, incorporate local food procurement into school menus, and develop nutrition education initiatives. Supporting and expanding the Duluth Farm to School program, is one way to do this. The Duluth Farm to School program promotes healthy school food environments, empowering children and their families to make informed food choices. It also works to increase knowledge about nutrition and agriculture, and the environment. It also benefits local farmers, and strengthens community connections and the economy.

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