New resource guide and school curriculum aimed at expanding farm-to-school programs in Kentucky

A resource guide and school curriculum are the latest
efforts to expand farm-to-school programs in Kentucky. With fewer than 30
percent of Kentuckians consuming the recommended amounts of fruits and
vegetables every day, farm to school is a “win-win for students, school food
service, farmers and local economies,” said Elaine Russell, coordinator for
Kentucky Obesity Prevention Program and chairwoman of the Kentucky Farm-to-School
Task Force
.

The guide includes advice from Kentuckians who have already
participated in projects; resources to connect farmers and school food service
directors, how to follow procurement rules; recipes; a produce calculator;
funding sources; and how to get kids to eat their vegetables.
The curriculum helps students recognize the sources of the
food they eat and explains how eating locally-grown food can improve their diet
and nutrition.
The undertaking is a joint effort between the Kentucky Department
for Public Health
 the state Department of Agriculture the state Department of Education and the
University of Kentucky. The new resources will be presented to school food
service personnel June 19 at the Kentucky School Nutrition Association’s
conference at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. (Read more)
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