Southern Columbia Area School District will provide its students with local food from area farms as part of the National Farm to School program. Once a month, beginning Wednesday, September 24th, the school cafeteria will offer fresh produce from local farms. The Farm to School program connects school districts and local farms to serve healthy meals in the cafeteria, improve student nutrition, and support local farmers. The initiative is being supported by a USDA Team Nutrition mini-grant, administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition through a collaboration with Penn State University known as Project PA, as well as District Food Service funds and generous donations from local farmers.
Lunches will include a vegetable as part of the salad bar or fresh fruit, such as watermelon wedges or cantaloupe, for a dessert option. Beiler’s Mini Acres in Orangeville will supply cantaloupes and Stahl’s Plants and Produce in Paxinos will supply seedless watermelons for Wednesday’s lunch.   
Southern Columbia also plans to implement hands-on learning activities for students such as school gardening, culinary classes, and soil classes. This initiative is intended to encourage students to choose healthier foods, including fruits and vegetables, if the products are locally grown and used with educational activities.
Participating farms include Gibs Farm, Rohrbach’s Farm Market, Stahl’s Plants and Produce, Beiler’s Mini Acres, Cramer’s Valley View Growers, Matukaitis Farm, Meadow View Greenhouse and Produce, and White Frost Farm. 

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