It’s February and in Florida the Farm to School Strawberries program offered by the School Food Service Department of Palm Beach County Schools is excited to announce that Farm to School strawberries are back. The deliciously sweet and super popular fruit will be available this week in all schools across the district. Due to varying delivery schedules, some schools will begin offering the strawberries as soon as Wednesday, February 5th with all schools serving them by Friday, February 7th.
For their first offering, close to 40,000 servings of strawberries were ordered district-wide. If the Florida strawberry supply remains plentiful, the district will surpass its 200,000 portions of strawberries served last year over six weeks. The second menu offering for strawberries will be the week of February 24th.
Farm to school is the practice of sourcing local food for schools or preschools and providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, such as school gardens, farm field trips and cooking lessons. Farm to school improves the health of children and communities while supporting local and regional farmers. Since each Farm to School program is shaped by its unique community and region, the National Farm to School Network does not prescribe or impose a list of practices or products for the farm to school approach. The National Farm to School Network supports the work of local farm to school programs all over the country by providing free training and technical assistance, information services, networking, and support for policy, media and marketing activities.
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, Feb. 2014