The N.C. Farm to School program is one way the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services promotes the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables to children. The program is a combined effort between the department’s Food Distribution and Marketing divisions, and brings locally grown produce purchased from local farmers to school cafeterias across the state.
This has been a record year for the Farm to School program. In all, school systems purchased $800,000 worth of North Carolina commodities. Strawberries, one of the last commodities for the school year, also had a great season. Schools ordered 13,315 flats of strawberries, more than 600 flats above the previous year.
Children are excited about strawberries and other N.C. fruits and vegetables, as seen in the video below: