For Immediate Release
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Local Food Consultant, Green Umbrella
October is National Farm to School Month
Cincinnati -- October is National Farm to School Month, an annual campaign that celebrates the connections happening across the country between kids, families and their community food systems. This year’s theme is “It Takes A Community to Feed A Community”. To celebrate, on Thursday, October 8 at noon, Green Umbrella, along with farm to school partner organizations in Ohio and Indiana, will bite into local apples for the 2020 Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. Schools and co-curricular organizations are invited to join in and can download supplemental crunch guides to help find local apples and plan coordinating activities. Registration is available at: https://www.cias.wisc.edu/applecrunch/.
“The simple act of purchasing and crunching into local apples can be done at both home and community settings and demonstrates your appreciation for the community food system,” says Tony Staubach, Educator, 4-H Youth Development at Ohio State University Extension. “The event highlights the many nodes within the food system - such as farmers, harvesters, food hub distributors, school nutrition professionals, educators, garden coordinators, bus drivers and more - responsible for getting food from farm to cafeteria.”
Green Umbrella’s Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council (GCRFPC) is celebrating by announcing the launch of Feed Our Future, a Farm to School community health program in our region. The program’s mission is to inspire young minds to make healthy choices about what they eat. Initially created by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health in 2016, Feed Our Future connects schools, homes and communities by providing practical information about sourcing and eating local foods that nourish young students.
“Over the last year, we have been working with four school districts and numerous community partners to understand what the highest needs are to accelerate the health, education and economic benefits of Farm to School,” said GCRFPC Director, Michaela Oldfield. “The comprehensive Feed our Future program simultaneously addresses many of their needs, and we are excited and grateful for this opportunity to partner with Cuyahoga County to replicate their successes in our region.”
Thanks to federal funding from the USDA, the Feed Our Future program pilot will initially be available to Green Umbrella’s Farm to School partners including Campbell County School District, Cincinnati Public Schools, Mount Healthy City School District and West Clermont Local School District and to members of the Unified Purchasing Cooperative of the Ohio River Valley. Take the Feed Our Future Pledge and learn more at feedourfuture.org.
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