The Huffington Post has a feature today on “America’s best school lunches,” highlighting in particular ten school food programs using produce from local farms as well as from school-run gardens.
According to the piece, forty-six states now have farm-to-school programs:
More than a million school-age children in New York City’s public schools are eating four times the amount of apples than they ever have because of a new partnership with local apple producers. In Chicago, 300,000 kids in public schools eat locally-produced vegetables in school lunches year-round. And in Atlanta, 81,000 students in the public school system will soon enjoy the gardens being planned for each school, and a wellness curriculum that integrates their harvesting.
And under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, $40 million more will be allocated to such initiatives.
You can see the slide show of the ten featured school food programs here.