The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in partnership with food service vendors, DC government, and private organizations worked together to support schools on educating students about local produce and the farm-to-table process on May 29, 2013. A total of 176 schools in the District served locally grown strawberries and salad greens to their students during lunch as a part of the National School Lunch Program. Participation included all 119 DC Public School sites, 55 public charter school campuses and two private schools. Of those schools, 50 hosted educational activities ranging from food demonstrations to nutrition lessons in the classrooms. Local strawberries and salad greens were provided by farms in New Jersey, West Virginia, and North Carolina. All of which are local sources of produce for DC schools according to the D.C. Healthy Schools Act.
For more information, contact Erica Steinhart, RD, Farm to School Specialist via email at Erica.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (202)262-0893.
Strawberries and Salad Greens Day Gallery