Students at Charles Stones Intermediate School in Garden City have a lot to celebrate Oct. 13, and it all centers around healthy school lunches and the farmers who raise their food. The Kansas Department of Education has teamed up with the Kansas Pork Association for special events at the school on Oct. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to recognize National School Lunch Week (Oct. 12-16), Kansas Farm to School Month and National Pork Month.
“School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium,” said Tracy Johnson, Nutrition Services Director at Garden City Public Schools. “National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the benefits of our lunch program, and the appealing choices we offer.” On Oct. 13, many schools in Kansas will feature a lunch featuring lean pork.
Events at Charles Stones Intermediate Center include:
10:30 a.m. classroom presentations by Kansas pork farmers about what they do to raise nutritious, healthy food.
11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. lunch and learn with Kansas pork farmers so students can talk to the people who grow their food.
“We’re delighted to participate in this effort to help children learn about healthy food options,” said Tim Stroda, Kansas Pork Association Executive Director. “With the bounty of agriculture in our state, there is a good chance children are enjoying Kansas-raised pork in their school lunches. When schools purchase pork, they are supporting Kansas pork farming families.”
Last year, Kansas schools provided more than 73 million meals and snacks to children across the state through federal Child Nutrition Programs.
The Kansas Farm to School Program helps educate children about where their food comes from and encourages connections between local farmers and schools to improve child nutrition.
National Pork Month is an opportunity for pig farmers to connect with the community about what they do on their farms every day to produce safe, nutritious food in a responsible manner.