Kansas pork farmers visited with students at Charles Stones Intermediate School in Garden City on Tuesday to celebrate National School Lunch Week, Farm to School Month and National Pork Month. The event, sponsored by the Kansas Department of Education and The Kansas Pork Association, centered around healthy school lunches and the farmers who raise their food.
“Having pork producers visit with students is a great way to teach kids what these farmers every day to produce safe, nutritious food in a responsible manner,” said Jodi Oleen, KPA Director of Consumer Outreach. “And when Kansas communities purchase pork, at school or at home, they are supporting Kansas pork farming families.”
Roy Henry, owner and operator of Henrys Ltd., Longford, Kan., and Manuel Lujan, manager for Huff and Puff Pork, Deerfield, Kan., as well as Oleen, gave presentations to fifth and sixth grade classes, and then ate a pulled pork lunch with students at Charles Stones.
“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.”
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.