Montana Crunch Time

   October is National Farm to School month.

By Nicole Allerdings

All over the country the connections between school and local food producers are being celebrated. Farm to School is broadly defined as a program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias; improving student nutrition; providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities; and supporting local regional farmers. You can participate by featuring local and Montana grown foods in meals. Some options for each section of the MyPlate meal plan are: apples (fruit), squash (vegetable), wheat (grain), beef or lentils (protein), and milk (dairy).

   Another opportunity to take part in this month is Montana Crunch Time. This is a statewide event to celebrate Food Day and National Farm to School month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples at 2:00 p.m. October 26. Plevna School students and staff will be participating by eating apples in the lunch room. There will also be samples of different types of apples to try. For other ways to join Montana students in celebration National Farm to School month, visit:

www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/SchoolPrograms/School_Nutrition/Farm2School.html

      



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