CCS Nutrition & Carlton Jones
[Lisa Reeder-Local Food Hub, Carlton Jones-CCS Nutrition Director & Jeanette Abi-Nader, CSG Executive Director at USDA National Farm to School meeting, April 2016]
A whole new school year has begun with over 4,100 enrolled students in the Charlottesville City Schools (CCS) district. They have minds hungry for knowledge and stomachs hungry for nourishment. City Schoolyard Garden (CSG) has worked in partnership with the CCS Nutrition Department, and The Local Food Hub to make Farm to School a reality here in Charlottesville, VA.
You know about the Harvest of the Month program, where we are working together to bring healthy, local and seasonal fruits and veggies to over 2,500 CCS youth. This year, our USDA Farm to School grant, leverage by local donations, has allowed us to grow this program with some new initiatives. For example, the backpack flyers will now be bilingual and include a Spanish version. The Harvest of the Month posters will be making their debut at several neighborhood grocery stores and markets. Increased fresh items and items made from scratch are showing up in the school lunch line. Lunchtime Taste Tests will be hosted each semester to help choose future menu items. All of these efforts intend to build health in our community and for our youth.
To read more about Carlton and the CCS Nutrition Departments efforts, check out our recent blog. And, join your student for lunch! You might be surprised!
We are thankful to the leadership of Carlton Jones, CCS Nutrition Director, and excited about these promising initiatives that are part of a huge nationwide Farm to Cafeteria movement.