Incorporating locally grown, farm-fresh products in school meals benefits school foodservice programs, children, and farmers. Foodservice directors who purchase from local farmers find that they can do so cost-effectively and provide higher quality fruits and vegetables than if they were purchasing food that was not locally grown. If fruits and vegetables are fresh and picked at their peak of flavor children are more likely to choose them and experience the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. When schools purchase from local farmers, this supports the local economy and builds positive relationships within the community.
Read about how schools in Pennsylvania are incorporating locally grown products in school meals.