River View School District administrators and Ohio food policy advocates at River View High School in Warsaw to celebrate the Ohio Farm to School Initiative and highlight the program’s recent developments.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Initiative, facilitated through Gov. Ted Strickland’s Ohio Food Policy Advisory Council, works to connect schools with local farms to provide healthy and nutritious meals to school children using Ohio-grown foods. The initiative combines collaborative efforts between the Ohio Departments of Agriculture and Education, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through a Specialty Crop Block Grant.
“The Ohio Farm to School Initiative is a comprehensive effort to increase access to healthy food options for Ohio’s students and create new markets and opportunities for Ohio’s farmers,” Boggs said. “Ohioans spend about $43 billion every year on food, but only 3% of that spending goes to products from Ohio farms. If Ohio schools purchased just 25% of their fruits and vegetables from local farmers for school lunches it would contribute more than $13 million to our local economy.”… Continue readingRead More »